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Advancing Women’s Rights

July 07, 2022

Rangita de Silva de Alwis was elected to the UN CEDAW Committee for the term 2023-2026.

On June 23, Rangita de Silva de Alwis was elected to the United Nations Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) for the term 2023-2026. Adopted by the United Nations in 1979, CEDAW is the most important human rights treaty for women. The CEDAW Committee consists of 23 independent experts on women’s rights from around the world that monitors the implementation of the CEDAW treaty. 

CEDAW Member-Elect Rangita de Silva de Alwis is currently a Senior Adjunct Professor of Global Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and an Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School (2001-2002) where she will teach “Continuing Conflict: Old Debates and New Challenges” in the fall.

Read the full press release from the Harvard Kennedy School.