Joint Civil Society CEDAW Report to inform the List of Issues to be considered by the UN Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women during the Pre-sessional Working Group for its 85th Session
(31 October to 4 November 2022)

7 October 2022

On 7 October 2022, Manushya Foundation, the Thai CSOs Coalition for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), and the Thai Business and Human Rights (BHR) Network submitted their Joint CEDAW Report to inform the List of Issues to be adopted by the UN Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women during the 85th Session of the Pre-Sessional Working Group (31 October to 4 November 2022). The Joint CEDAW Report relates to Articles 1 to 16 of the CEDAW Convention and provides an inclusive and accurate overview of the most challenging issues faced by women and marginalized women in Thailand – including women with disabilities; older women; indigenous, ethnic and religious minority women; Malay Muslim women; migrant stateless, refugee and asylum-seeking women; women living with HIV; women sex workers; migrant workers; and LBTIQ+ women – with respect to gender-based discrimination in their daily life, but as well during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, a set of recommendations is provided in Annex 1.

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This List of Issues submitted to the consideration of the CEDAW Committee is informed by communities on the ground facing and representing women who face gender-based discrimination, particularly by members of the Thai CSOs Coalition for the UPR and of the Thai BHR Network. The report also includes information sourced from various authorities including UN human rights mechanisms and entities, government notifications, intergovernmental bodies, submissions by civil society, news articles, reports, studies, and other analysis.