MAJOR NEWS SCOOP: Sunday Nation-“Kenya among the best in filing reports on women’s rights”

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Posted Sunday, March 7 2010 at 20:14

Kenya has been ranked among the top performers in Africa who have filed periodic reports on progress made in implementing a UN convention that champions the rights of women.

But the country has been submitting these reports two years, and in some instances, seven years later than the date set by the UN Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) committee.

Dorcus Coker-Appiah, a committee member of the convention, said Kenya was one of the countries in Africa trying hard to comply with reporting requirements.

The country has submitted six reports, the last being in 2006, since it ratified the convention 26 years ago. It is yet to submit the seventh report which was due in 2009.

Countries are expected to present their first report a year after ratifying the convention and then after every four years.

Kenya’s performance is rated good on a continent where some countries have not submitted a single report since they ratified the treaty more than 10 years ago.

Botswana, Central Africa Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Guinea Bissau, Lesotho, Liberia, Papua New Guinea, the Seychelles, Sierra Leone and Swaziland are some of the countries that are yet to submit a single report.

— By Arthur Okwemba, in New York

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