CEDAW As an Instrument to Foster Women's Political Equality in Central and Eastern Europe?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014: 11:26 AM
Room: 303
Oral Presentation
Paulina SEKULA , Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
All countries of the Central and Eastern European region adopted the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Its’ implementation in these countries can be seen not only as a fulfillment of social justice but also as one of the mechanisms of democratization. Based on the comparative content analysis of the official country reports and information delivered by non-governmental organizations the impact of CEDAW on the implementation of gender equality in new European democracies will be assessed. The special attention will be devoted to the problem of the enhancement of women’s political rights in Central and Eastern European democracies . What it means to implement the provisions of the CEDAW concerning political and public life in these countries? Can there be seen progress in their implementation? Is the Convention (and if yes, in what ways) used by women’s organizations in order to demand institutional measures to strengthen women’s representation in political institutions? Is CEDAW a point of reference for those who argue for legal changes – including gender quotas and zipper system – to help increase women's political representation? Is the Convention a tool used by these actors who engage in supporting women deciding to be politically active both on local and national levels? What are the similarities and differences between the countries of the region in implementing the Convention and its’ promotion as a tool of effective social change leading to women’s political empowerment?