Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, session 38 (2007)

Recommendations/observations on corporal punishment in the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women's concluding observations to states examined in session 38 (14 May - 1 June 2007)

Mauritania

(11 June 2007, CEDAW/C/MRT/CO/1, Concluding observations on initial report, paras. 28 and 29)

"... The Committee is particularly concerned ... about the persistence of patriarchal attitudes that consider the physical chastisement of family members, including women, acceptable....

"The Committee urges the State party to place the highest priority on implementing a omprehensive approach to address all forms of violence against women...."

Sierra Leone

(11 June 2007, CEDAW/C/SLE/CO/5, Concluding observations on initial-fifth report, paras. 24 and 25)

"While welcoming the domestic violence bill of 2006, the Committee is deeply concerned about the high levels of violence against women, including rape and sexual assault. The Committee is particularly concerned about the persistence of customary law and cultural practices that consider the physical chastisement of family members, in particular women, acceptable....

"The Committee urges the State party to place the highest priority on implementing a comprehensive approach to address all forms of violence against women, including the speedy enactment and the full implementation of the bill on domestic violence. It encourages the State party to make full use of the

Committee's general recommendation 19 in its efforts to address violence against women. It urges the State party to raise public awareness through media and education programmes that all forms of violence against women, incuding domestic violence, are unacceptable...."

In this session

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