This committee was set up by an interministerial decree in 2001 and brings together representatives of a number of ministerial departments, including those for social affairs, health, home affairs, justice, education, planning and the environment.
The Committee is empowered to: (i) collect all data on harmful practices and violence affecting the health of women and girls; (ii) initiate studies and research to shed light on the causes, occurrences and repercussions of such various harmful practices and instances of violence; (iii) list, assess and disseminate all existing legal instruments that protect women and girls against such harmful practices and violence; (iv) make the population aware of, and inform and education them about, such harmful practices and violence; (v) put forward measures designed to eradicate such harmful practices and violence; (vi) condemn all forms of, or attempts to commit, harmful practices or violence on women and girls; (vii) make the population aware of, and inform and education them about, the links between HIV infection/AIDS and certain forms of violence against women and girls; (viii) draw up and carry out a national plan of action against harmful practices and violence against women; (ix) coordinate the efforts of NGOs, community-based organizations and religious faiths to eliminate such practices and violence.
Source of Information
CEDAW/C/CAF/1-5 para. 129-130