An Israeli delegation will appear before the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. The delegation is headed by Ministry of Justice Dir.-Gen. Ami Palmor, and Israel's Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Aviva Shechter-Raz,
The delegation's appearance is part of the implementation mechanism of the State of Israel's obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, which it joined in 1991 and constitutes the sixth periodic report of the State of Israel submitted last June to the UN Committee.
The delegation will present the complex challenges faced by the State of Israel as a pluralistic state with diverse religions and cultures. It will note the great efforts being made to combat polygamy, the comprehensive work being done on the issue of incriminating prostitution clients, and to combat discrimination and inequality against women. It will also report on the state's multi-faceted efforts concerning the issue of gender equality in Israeli society, especially around the phenomenon of exclusion of women, a core issue of the UN Committee and its work.
Great strides have been taken in Israel regarding access to the judicial system. Community courts have been established, legal aid is provided to victims of serious sexual offenses. There has been considerable success in combating human trafficking, including legal and medical assistance, identification of trafficking victims, designated shelters.