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About CEDAW...
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is often described as a bill of rights for women.

A good example has twice the value of good advice.
"As a lawyer, it is my job to give good advice. As a woman’s rights activist, it is my goal to set good examples and bring about changes. Being part of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) will allow me to do both. It also enables me to share my experiences with my fellow advocates to help women in need and build a brighter future."

Activities of 2007

December 2007
From 7 - 9 December, Dr. Tan participated in a CEDAW training seminar organized by the National Council of Women (Taiwan). She updated NCW (Taiwan) members on the International Council of Women's activities and presented 'A New Way Forward', a paper on CEDAW.

On 8 December, Dr. Tan also spoke at the NCW (Taiwan)'s annual assembly dinner.

November 2007
On 29 November, Dr. Tan participated in 'Making CEDAW Work in Singapore' a forum hosted by the Institute of Policy Studies. The paper she presented can be downloaded here.

October 2007
As part of Singapore Management University's Lunchtime Talks series, Dr. Tan was invited to speak on 17 October about CEDAW and her experiences in the Committee. The full text can be found here.

From 23 to 26 October, Dr. Tan attended an informal CEDAW meeting in Geneva hosted by the Swiss government to prepare the Committee for its move to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva in 2008.

September 2007
The Asia Women Lawyers' Conference was held in Bangalore, India on 22 - 23 September. The theme was 'Women's rights are human rights', and the seminars focused on domestic violence and trafficking in women and children. Dr. Tan presented the paper 'Casting Off the Shroud: Combating domestic violence against women'.

May 2007
On 2 - 4 May, Dr. Tan participated in the Paramaribo Civil Society Forum in Paramaribo, Suriname. Organized by MDG Global Watch, the forum brought together distinguished speakers from the fields of human rights, civil society, finance and diplomacy. Dr. Tan contributed the paper 'Uneasy Bedfellows?: Human rights and the Millennium Development Goals'.

February 2007
On 27 February at the 51st session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), Dr. Tan delivered a statement on behalf of Project Five-O to the CSW on the theme 'The Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination and Violence against the Girl Child.

Activities of 2006

November 2006
As ICW-CIF President, Dr. Tan was invited to deliver a congratulatory speech at the National Korean Council of Women's 42nd General Assembly in Seoul, South Korea. The text of the speech can be found here.

The 12th General Assembly of the ASEAN Confederation of Women's Organisations (ACWO) convened in Brunei Darussalam, and Dr. Tan delivered a message in her capacity as Advisor.

At home, in Singapore, Dr. Tan was invited to speak at the inaugural International Convention of Youth Leaders, hosted by Raffles Girls' Secondary School. She spoke to over 200 girl leaders from secondary schools in Singapore and abroad about women in politics and public life. Read her speech here.

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