Simone Cusack - Massey College (2007)
  • The UN General Assembly adopted the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in late 1999.

    The Protocol established two procedures, a communication procedure and an inquiry procedure. These procedures enable women to seek redress for violations of rights guaranteed by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

    The Optional Protocol to CEDAW website seeks to:

    - improve awareness of the Optional Protocol
    - assist women to use the Optional Protocol
    - facilitate access to resources about the Protocol
    - foster debate about the Optional Protocol and
    - facilitate the cross-fertilisation of women’s human rights jurisprudence.

Simone A Cusack - Lake Geneva (2013)

Decision to deny certain self-employed women maternity benefits violated CEDAW (Elisabeth de Blok et al. v. the Netherlands)

In 1998, the Netherlands established mandatory insurance for self-employed workers (and certain other categories of workers). The scheme insured against the risk of loss of income due to inability to work and, inter alia, entitled insured women to a maternity allowance.  In August 2004, the insurance scheme ceased to exist. Self-employed women were therefore no … Continue reading

Simone Cusack - Lake Geneva (2014)
Simone Cusack - Geneva 2013

CEDAW Committee declares sexual harassment communication inadmissible (M.S. v. The Philippines)

M.S. was employed between 1998 and 2000 as Director of the Market and Communications Department of a telecommunications company in the Philippines. On 27 June 2000, she resigned from the company after reportedly being sexually harassed repeatedly by G, the company’s Chief Operating Officer.  In May 2001, M.S. initiated criminal proceedings in the National Bureau … Continue reading

Simone Cusack - Berwick

CEDAW Committee declares asylum communication inadmissible (M.E.N. v. Denmark)

M.E.N., a Burundian national, claimed asylum in Denmark.  She indicated that she had fled Burundi owing to political persecution and had been ganged raped by three men before leaving the country.  She further indicated that she feared she might be subjected to rape or other forms of bodily harm, if Denmark forced her to return … Continue reading

Simone Cusack - Niagra Falls (2003)

Asylum communication concerning FGM/FGS declared inadmissible (M.N.N. v. Denmark)

Amy Rogers summarises the 2013 decision of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) in M.N.N. v. Denmark M.N.N is from a village near Kampala, Uganda and is an ethnic Mogadishu woman.  At the time she submitted her communication to the CEDAW Committee she was awaiting deportation from Denmark after her application … Continue reading

Simone Cusack - UN, Austria (2013)

Asylum communication concerning sexual harassment and religious persecution declared inadmissible (M.S. v. Denmark)

  M.S. is from Rawalpindi, Pakistan, and belongs to the Christian minority of Anglo-Indians.  M.S. claims she is a victim of religious discrimination and sexual harassment in Pakistan. M.S. claims that, when she was about 16 years old, A.G. asked to date her and threatened her with reprisals when she refused his request.  According to … Continue reading

Simone Cusack - Lake Geneva (2013)
Simone Cusack - Sydney (2012)

Child custody communication inadmissible (M.K.D.A.-A. v. Denmark)

In 2005, K.D.A.-A. (a Filipino national) married M.A. (a Danish national).  M.A. began to abuse K.D.A.-A. shortly thereafter.  The couple left Denmark together in 2007 and lived in various countries, including the Philippines, where their son was born.  M.A. returned to Denmark in 2011 and applied for a 28-day family reunification visa for K.D.A.-A.  K.D.A.-A. … Continue reading

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