Aug. 4, 2010, 10:37 a.m.
In the more than 20 years that have passed since Burkina Faso ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), what efforts have been taken to equalize the role of women in its society? What is still to be done? A National Democratic Institute report examines the role of CEDAW in affecting cultural change in Burkina Faso with regard to women's roles and rights. From the report:
"A reading of the government's report gives the impression that Burkina Faso has accomplished considerable progress in implementing the CEDAW. Although this is true to a certain degree, this shadow report seeks not only to point out shortfalls and challenges in implementing the Convention, but also to shed light on the degree to which the CEDAW Committee's recommendations and observations have been taken into account."