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CEDAW criticizes lack of progress in addressing gender inequality in Japan

on Jul 31, 2009 (1806 reads)

The Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) criticized the Japanese Government for the lack of progress, and understanding what the Convention requires the State to address discriminative laws and practices in Japan, in the sixth periodic review held on 23 July in New York.

The Committee raised various concerns including: the lack of definition of gender-based discrimination in law; discriminative clauses in Civil Code; gender gap in wage and occupation; gender-based violence; rampant discriminative pornography; trafficking in persons; discrimination against minority women; discriminative comments by public figures; the lack of sex education in schools, and redress for the victims of sexual slavery system during the World War II.

Citing the lack of substantial progress since the last review six years ago, the Committee questioned whether the Japanese Government understands their obligations under the Convention, urging Japan to fully integrate the Convention in domestic legislation.

To read Press Release from the United Nations on the Japan periodic review, click here>>>

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