Update: 05.05.2014

International feedback: Poverty of women

In the following we have chosen some citations on the subject. At the end of each original citation you can find the source with a link to the complete text of the citation.

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women CEDAW

«The Committee calls upon the State party to make use of the findings of the study published in June 2007 by the Federal Commission on Women’s Issues on the effects of the new divorce law, and to accord serious consideration to recommendations issued by the Federal Commission for Women’s Issues, in order to better redress gender disparities and economic disparities upon divorce. It also calls upon the State party to proceed with the draft bill to ensure that during the decision-making process about maintenance or alimony payments following a divorce or separation, any financial deficit is appropriately distributed among both spouses. The Committee urges the State party to adopt the legal measures necessary to guarantee women living in de facto relationships economic protection equal to married women, in the form of recognizing their rights in the property accumulated during the relationship, in line with its general recommendation 21.»


«The Committee recommends that the State party closely monitor the poverty situation of women in the most vulnerable groups and implementeffective measures and training programmes that will allow them to fully enjoythe benefits of the State party’s development.»

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights CESCR

«The Committee notes that despite the high level of development reached by Switzerland and the strength of its economy, there exist unacceptablelevels of poverty among certain segments of the population, in particularamong women.»

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