Edwards_Displacement, Statelessness and Questions of Gender Equality Under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

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    L EGAL AND P ROTECTION P OLICY  R ESEARCH S ERIES   Displacement, Statelessness and Questions of Gender Equality under the Convention on theElimination of All Forms of Discriminationagainst Women Alice Edwards External Consultant D IVISION OF I NTERNATIONAL P ROTECTION S ERVICES   PPLAS/2009/02August 2009 i   P ROTECTION P OLICY AND L EGAL A DVICE S ECTION (PPLAS)D IVISION OF I NTERNATIONAL P ROTECTION S ERVICES  U NITED N ATIONS H IGH C OMMISSIONER FOR R EFUGEES  CP 2500, 1211 Geneva 2Switzerland E-mail: hqpr02@unhcr.org  Website: http://www.unhcr.org   This background paper was prepared for a seminar between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women(the Committee), held at the United Nations in New York, 16-17 July 2009. It has benefited from thecomments from many persons, including in particular Jane Connors, Rosa da Costa, Luisa Cremonese,Susan Harris-Rimmer, Karolina Lindholm-Billing, Mark Manly, Naoko Obi, Santhosh Persaud,Mignon van der Liet-Senders, and especially Gisela Thater. This post-seminar version has also benefited from the thoughtful comments of the participants.The author would like to further thank her student researchers at the University of Nottingham, ClaireBalding, Lydia Gény, Laura O’Donnell, and Emily Soothill, as well as Mariana Lavanchy, intern atUNHCR, who collectively reviewed ten years of annual reports of the Committee.The views expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of theUN or UNHCR. This report may be freely quoted, cited and copied for academic, educational or other non-commercial purposes without prior permission from UNHCR, provided that the source and author is acknowledged. The report is available online athttp://www.unhcr.org/protect. © United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees 2009ii    L EGAL AND P ROTECTION P OLICY  R ESEARCH S ERIES   Displacement, Statelessness and Questions of Gender Equality under the Convention on theElimination of All Forms of Discriminationagainst Women Alice Edwards External Consultant D IVISION OF I NTERNATIONAL P ROTECTION S ERVICES   PPLAS/2009/02August 2009 iii    iv
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