1. For the purpose of considering the progress made in the implementation of the
present Convention, there shall be established a Committee on the Elimination of
Discrimination against Women (hereinafter referred to as the Committee) consisting, at the
time of entry into force of the Convention, of eighteen and, after ratification of or
accession to the Convention by the thirty-fifth State Party, of twenty-three experts of
high moral standing and competence in the field covered by the Convention.
The experts shall be elected by States Parties from among their nationals and shall
serve in their personal capacity, consideration being given to equitable geographical
distribution and to the representation of the different forms of civilization as well as
the principal legal systems.
2. The members of the Committee shall be elected by secret ballot from a list of
persons nominated by States Parties. Each State Party may nominate one person from among
its own nationals.
3. The initial election shall be held six months after the date of the entry into force
of the present Convention. At least three months before the date of each election the
Secretary-General of the United Nations shall address a letter to the States Parties
inviting them to submit their nominations within two months. The Secretary-General shall
prepare a list in alphabetical order of all persons thus nominated, indicating the States
Parties which have nominated them, and shall submit it to the States Parties.
4. Elections of the members of the Committee shall be held at a meeting of States
Parties convened by the Secretary-General at United Nations Headquarters. At that meeting,
for which two thirds of the States Parties shall constitute a quorum, the persons elected
to the Committee shall be those nominees who obtain the largest number of votes and an
absolute majority of the votes of the representatives of States Parties present and
5. The members of the Committee shall be elected for a term of four years. However, the
terms of nine of the members elected at the first election shall expire at the end of two
years; immediately after the first election the names of these nine members shall be
chosen by lot by the Chairman of the Committee.
6. The election of the five additional members of the Committee shall be held in
accordance with the provisions of paragraphs 2, 3 and 4 of this article, following the
thirty-fifth ratification or accession. The terms of two of the additional members elected
on this occasion shall expire at the end of two years, the names of these two members
having been chosen by lot by the Chairman of the Committee.
7. For the filling of casual vacancies, the State Party whose expert has ceased to
function as a member of the Committee shall appoint another expert from among its
nationals, subject to the approval of the Committee.
8. The members of the Committee shall, with the approval of the General Assembly,
receive emoluments from United Nations resources on such terms and conditions as the
Assembly may decide, having regard to the importance of the Committee's responsibilities.
9. The Secretary-General of the United Nations shall provide the necessary staff and
facilities for the effective performance of the functions of the Committee under the
1. State Parties undertake to submit to the Secretary-General of the United Nations,
for consideration by the Committee, a report on the legislative, judicial, administrative
or other measures which they have adopted to give effect to the provisions of the present
Convention and on the progress made in this respect:
(a)Within one year after the entry into force for the State concerned; and
(b) Thereafter at least every four years and further whenever the Committee so
2. Reports may indicate factors and difficulties affecting the degree of fulfilment of
obligations under the present Convention.
1. The Committee shall adopt its own rules of procedure.
2. The Committee shall elect its officers for a term of two years.
1. The Committee shall normally meet for a period of not more than two weeks annually
in order to consider the reports submitted in accordance with article 18 of the present
2. The meetings of the Committee shall normally be held at United Nations Headquarters
or at any other convenient place as determined by the Committee.
1. The Committee shall, through the Economic and Social Council, report annually to the
General Assembly of the United Nations on its activities and may make suggestions and
general recommendations based on the examination of reports and information received from
the States Parties. Such suggestions and general recommendations shall be included in the
report of the Committee together with comments, if any, from States Parties.
2. The Secretary-General shall transmit the reports of the Committee on the Status of
Women for its information.
The specialized agencies shall be entitled to be represented at the consideration of
the implementation of such provisions of the present Convention as fall within the scope
of their activities. The Committee may invite the specialized agencies to submit reports
on the implementation of the Convention in areas falling within the scope of their