By Lobsang Wangyal
MCLEOD GANJ, India, 12 December 2013
The Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) urged the United Nations experts team for discrimination against women now visiting China to pay special attention to the status of Tibetan women in Tibet.
A team representing “United Nations Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice” will undertake its first visit to the People’s Republic of China from 12 to 19 December, to appraise China’s progress towards achieving gender equality and the protection and promotion of women’s rights.
TWA also takes note of a commitment made by Ms Francas Raday, chair of the Working Group, towards assessing the legislative reforms and policies that have been implemented by the Government of China to promote women’s rights and gender equality.
In addition to the expert groups’ area of focus — women’s economic and social life, the team will address achievements and good practices to eliminate discrimination against women and also obstacles to their empowerment.
A report published by TWA titled “The Status of Tibetan Women inside Tibet Mirrors China’s Critical Disengagement with its International and National Commitments – 2013” launched in Dharamshala on World Human Rights Day, covers the status of women in the fields of Education, Employment, Prostitution, Healthcare, Family-Planning Policy, Justice, Torture, Religious Freedom, Political Freedom and Employment.
The report made 15 recommendations to the Chinese Government and the United Nations, calling for international intervention to address the status of women in Tibet.
TWA expects much from the UN team’s visit, as it is the first Special Procedures visit since the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Olivier De Schutter went in December 2010. TWA urged the Working Group to pay attention to the recommendations in their report submitted to the UN body.
TWA will closely follow the delegation’s preliminary findings, which will be delivered via a press conference scheduled to be held on 19 December in Beijing. TWA also anticipates a truthful account and a substantial conclusions and recommendations in the report that the team will present to the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council in June 2014.