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April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-3

"The Committee is concerned about violence against women resulting from the criminalization of consensual sexual relations between adults outside marriage, under article 356 of the Penal Code, as well as the use of that article to criminalize women in prostitution and women who are victims of trafficking, sexual exploitation and abuse. The Committee is concerned that, in all those cases, women face harsh sentences, such as prison sentences, torture and the death penalty, including inhuman, cruel or degrading punishment in the form of stoning or flogging, and that hundreds of women in the State party are reportedly serving sentences after being convicted of having had sexual intercourse outside of marriage...more
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: AFE-DATA-1

"However, it notes that, women nevertheless remain underrepresented in the Federal National Council and in the judiciary and that, while they account for 71.6 per cent of university students, they represent only 15 per cent of faculty members" (pg 8).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: CLCC-PRACTICE-1

" The Committee takes note of the 2011 decree granting nationality to children born of Emirati women and foreign fathers upon reaching the age of majority. However, it remains concerned that Emirati women are still denied equality in nationality in comparison with the rights guaranteed to men, a form of discrimination that may lead to statelessness for their children" (pg 8).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since the consideration in 2010 of the State party’s initial report (CEDAW/C/ARE/1) in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the 2012 and 2015 amendments...to Cabinet Decision No. 319/15F/22 of 2012 on the promotion of women’s participation in the boards of directors of federal authorities, companies and institutions" (pg 1).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-5

"The Committee is particularly concerned about the de jure maintenance of... the continued practice of dowry" (pg 11).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: CLCW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is also concerned about the absence of progress made to address the situation of the thousands of stateless (bidun) women who remain deprived of their basic right to Emirati nationality and related rights. " (pg 8).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned that access to justice by women and girls, including effective legal remedies, is severely hampered by the reluctance to register complaints and the negative attitudes of law enforcement officials towards women denouncing acts of violence committed against them. The Committee is also concerned about the discriminatory treatment of women in courts, especially foreign women, the lack of interpretation services and legal aid provided to them and the disproportionately severe sentences imposed on foreign women in criminal court proceedings" (pg 3). "The Committee is concerned about violence against women resulting from the criminalization of consensual sexual relations between adults outside marriage, under article 356 of the Penal...more
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the 2012 and 2015 amendments to Federal Law No. 51 of 2006 on Combating Human Trafficking, the national strategy adopted by the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking and the availability of a hotline and of shelters for women and girls who are victims of trafficking. The Committee is, however, concerned that the State party remains a country of destination and transit for women trafficked predominantly from South, South-East and Central Asia and Eastern Europe for purposes of forced labour and sexual exploitation. It is also concerned that the penalties provided for in Federal Law No. 51 are not commensurate with the gravity of the crime and...more
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Despite the assurances given by the delegation of the State party that underage marriages do not take place, the Committee notes with concern the reported persistence of unregistered child and/or forced marriage and use by judges of derogations to the legal minimum age of marriage of 18 years in cases in which the spouses have reached puberty" (pg 6).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: DMW-PRACTICE-1

" The Committee takes note of the State party’s commitment to changing sociocultural patterns and patriarchal attitudes that discriminate against women in society. It remains concerned, however, that the State party retains discriminatory stereotypes regarding the roles of women and men in society and in the family, focusing primarily on the roles of women as mothers and housewives and not considering them to be full rights holders. The Committee is also concerned about the many provisions contained in the State party’s legislation that underscore the subordination of women to their husbands and other male relatives and undermine the rights and capacity of women and girls to develop their personal abilities...more
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the measures taken to encourage the participation of women in the workforce, which have led to significant achievements, especially the creation of the Gender Balance Council for promoting the role of Emirati women in all spheres of employment. It also notes as positive the statement by the delegation of the State party that employers no longer request the authorization of the husband in order to recruit a woman" (pg 9).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: CWC-DATA-4

"The Committee is concerned that the measures taken by the State party to address domestic violence are likely to remain ineffective as long as the chastisement of wives and children continues to be authorized under article 53 of the Penal Code. The Committee notes with serious concern that, in 2010, the Federal Supreme Court issued a ruling upholding that right and that, in 2013, the State party did not accept the recommendation made in the context of the second cycle of the universal periodic review to repeal article 53 (see A/HRC/23/13, para. 128.92). The Committee is also concerned about the slow progress achieved in enacting comprehensive legislation on violence against...more
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: GP-DATA-5

"The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to improve its institutional and policy framework aimed at accelerating the elimination of discrimination against women and promoting gender equality, such as the adoption or creation of the following: (a) National strategy for the empowerment and advancement of Emirati women, covering the period 2015-2021; (b) Gender Balance Council, for promoting the role of women in all sectors of employment, in May 2015. 6. The Committee welcomes the fact that, in the period since the consideration of the previous report, the State party has ratified or acceded to the following international instruments: (a) Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or...more
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: MMR-PRACTICE-1

" The Committee welcomes the achievements of the State party in reducing maternal and infant mortality and notes the information provided by the delegation of the State party that all women migrant workers are covered by health insurance" (pg 9).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: CUST-LAW-1

"The Committee is deeply concerned by the fact that a divorced woman loses custody of her daughters when they reach 13 years of age and of her sons when they reach 11 years of age, or before those ages if she remarries" (pg 11).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: CONST-LAW-1

"The Committee is concerned that, in spite of its previous recommendation (see CEDAW/C/ARE/CO/1, para. 15), the principle of equality of women and men has still not been enshrined in the State party’s Constitution and its national legislation, and that discrimination against women has not yet been defined in accordance with article 1 of the Convention and prohibited by law. The Committee is also concerned about the maintenance of discriminatory provisions in the State party’s legislation, such as of the concept of male guardianship and the obligation imposed on women to obey their husband (art. 56 of the Personal Status Law), which are incompatible with the State party’s obligations under the...more
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: PW-LAW-1

" The Committee is also concerned that polygamy, which is contrary to the dignity of women and girls and infringes on their human rights and freedoms, as stated in joint general recommendation No. 31 of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women/general comment No. 18 of the Committee on the Rights of the Child on harmful practices (2014), is still permitted by law" (pg 6).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: DV-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is concerned that the measures taken by the State party to address domestic violence are likely to remain ineffective as long as the chastisement of wives and children continues to be authorized under article 53 of the Penal Code. The Committee notes with serious concern that, in 2010, the Federal Supreme Court issued a ruling upholding that right and that, in 2013, the State party did not accept the recommendation made in the context of the second cycle of the universal periodic review to repeal article 53 (see A/HRC/23/13, para. 128.92). The Committee is also concerned about the slow progress achieved in enacting comprehensive legislation on violence against...more
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: ATC-DATA-6

" The Committee is also concerned that the content, practical implementation, monitoring and evaluation modalities of the national strategy for the empowerment and advancement of Emirati women, as well as the resources allocated to this strategy, remain unclear" (pg 4). "The Committee takes note of the information provided by the State party on the current efforts towards the creation of a database on women, as well as the data provided in written form after the dialogue, but regrets that the sex-disaggregated data remain insufficient to enable proper monitoring of all areas covered by the Convention" (pg 11).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: ATFPA-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee notes with concern the numerous provisions of the Personal Status Law that discriminate against women and girls, as well as the State party’s rejection of the recommendations made in the context of the universal periodic review, in 2013, with a view to ensuring equality of women and men in family relations (see A/HRC/23/13, paras. 128.87, 128.95 and 128.101)" (pg 11).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1

"The Committee welcomes the fact that 30 per cent of leadership positions in the Government are held by women" (pg 8).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: LBHO-LAW-2

"The Committee takes note of the political will at the highest level to increase the percentage of women in decision-making positions and welcomes the Cabinet Decision No. 319/15F/22 on the promotion of women’s participation in the boards of directors of federal authorities, companies and institutions. The Committee is, however, concerned about the absence of a clear strategy to translate political will into reality, in particular temporary special measures to promote the substantive equality of women and men" (pg 5).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1

" The Committee is particularly concerned about the de jure maintenance of male guardianship for women and girls, the impossibility for an Emirati woman to sign her own marriage contract" (pg 11).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee welcomes the achievements of the State party in reducing maternal and infant mortality and notes the information provided by the delegation of the State party that all women migrant workers are covered by health insurance. However, the Committee notes with concern: The limited information on education on sexual and reproductive health rights in the State party" (pg 9).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: ATDW-PRACTICE-2

"The Committee is particularly concerned about the limited grounds available to women to seek divorce while men may unilaterally ask for divorce for any reason" (pg 11).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: AFE-PRACTICE-1

"However, it notes that, women nevertheless remain underrepresented in the Federal National Council and in the judiciary and that, while they account for 71.6 per cent of university students, they represent only 15 per cent of faculty members" (pg 8). "The Committee welcomes the achievements of the State party in the field of education and notes with satisfaction the high proportion of women and girls enrolled in public and private universities, while noting at the same time that the data requested by the Committee were received in a form that did not enable it to assess the number of girls who are not enrolled in school. The Committee commends the...more
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: ATC-DATA-3

"The Committee notes the information that the State party is examining the possibility of lifting or narrowing the scope of its reservations to articles 2 (f), 9, 15 (2), 16 and 29 (1) of the Convention. The Committee is nevertheless concerned that none of these reservations, which constitute an obstacle to the implementation of the Convention as a whole, has to date been withdrawn and that no time frame has been set for such withdrawal" (pg 2). "The Committee takes note of the information provided by the State party regarding the status of the Convention in its national legal order, but regrets that the Convention still takes no precedence over...more
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

" The Committee is, however, concerned that it is still possible for a husband to prohibit his wife from working and to limit her freedom of movement, pursuant to articles 71 and 72 of the Personal Status Law, and that no information was provided on plans to repeal those provisions" (pg 9).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: NGOFW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee remains concerned about the lack of a robust civil society in the State party, as reflected by the lack of alternative reports received by the Committee from national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on the implementation of the Convention. The Committee also regrets the lack of information on the legal requirements for the registration and operation of NGOs in the State party. It is further concerned that women human rights defenders and their relatives have allegedly been subjected to various forms of harassment" (pg 4-5).
April 10, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: ABO-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the achievements of the State party in reducing maternal and infant mortality and notes the information provided by the delegation of the State party that all women migrant workers are covered by health insurance. However, the Committee notes with concern: The criminalization of abortion except in very limited cases, which do not include incest, rape and threat to the health of the pregnant woman; That women having reportedly been accused of illegal abortion following miscarriages were faced with criminal charges" (pg 9).