Foreign Affairs Ministry State Secretary Diana Štrofová, head of the Slovak expert delegation to the United Nations in New York, presented on July 14 Slovakia's second, third and fourth periodic reports on the Agreement on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, the TASR newswire learned from the ministry's press department.
The discussion, attended by experts from the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, focused on the status of Roma women, the implementation of temporary equality measures aimed at combating discrimination and violence against women and gender stereotypes. The committee was especially appreciative of the presence of Anina Botošová, the Slovak government's Proxy for the Roma Communities.
The Slovak delegation reported on the government's investigation into the alleged forced sterilisation of Roma women, and called for non-governmental organisations to cooperate on healthcare for Roma women. The committee recommended that the Slovak government use the Agreement as a tool for removing discrimination against women, called on it to submit its periodic reports on the issue on time, urged it to tackle domestic violence, and put forward proposals aimed at preventing the sterilisation of Roma women. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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16. Jul 2008 at 7:00