Training for Judges: Strengthening the Implementation of the UN Convention for Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

In the frames of the USAID’s Women’s Legal Protection Project, in the period 21 to 23 September Association ESE has organized  training for judges "Strengthening the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)." The training was attended by 20 judges from 10 courts that are involved in the process of monitoring of ongoing court cases related to violence against women, as well as representatives of civil society organizations involved in the  implementation of USAID’s Project.

The objective of the training was to raise the level of judicial protection for  women victims of violence and discrimination, and it was delivered by representatives of an organization from Malaysia which has extensive experience and credibility to work in this field, IWRAW Asia Pacific, Ayesha Sen Choudhury and Jane Connors. Participants were introduced to the content of CEDAW, including other relevant documents such as General Recommendations of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the Concluding Observations regarding the implementation of CEDAW in Macedonia. The focus was put on international standards and state obligations in relation to violence against women.

An integral part of the training was the analysis of the national legal framework and its implementation in accordance with international standards for protection of women victims of discrimination and violence. In this regard, specific recommendations for improving the civil and criminal litigation, as well as access to justice for women victims of violence were prepared.

In the following period ESE will be organize forums for judges for discussing the opportunities for improvement of the judicial system of protection and drafting amendments to relevant national legal framework.

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