New York, 23 June 2022. Yamila González Ferrer, PhD., Cuban candidate to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), has just been elected as an expert to this body for term 2023-2026.
The Cuban expert was elected with 143 votes from Member States of the United Nations. She was the candidate with the highest number of votes in her favor.
The election of Professor González Ferrer expresses the international community's recognition of Cuba as the first country to sign and the second to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and its compliance with international human rights treaties.
Accordingly, the island maintains strict adherence in its legislation and practice to the letter of this international instrument that has the necessary and appropriate conditions to guarantee and protect the rights of women in all spheres of society.
This United Nations body is composed of 23 independent specialists who supervise the application of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
CEDAW itself has explicitly recognized the achievements of Cuban women and the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by the United States government on Cuba as the main obstacle to the full enjoyment of all women's human rights.
For Cuban women, this hostile and unilateral policy, imposed for over 60 years, constitutes the main form of violence affecting Cuban women and families.
Permanent Mission of Cuba to the United Nations