Dean Rosa Celorio Serves as Leading Advisor to CEDAW Committee on Indigenous Women

A UN Committee posing for a picture
January 12, 2023

The United Nations (U.N.) Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women adopted its First General Recommendation on Indigenous Women and Girls, formally known as General Recommendation No. 39, calling for urgent action to respect, protect, and fulfill their human rights. The result of a two-year preparation and deliberation process involving many indigenous women and girls from around the world. GW Law's Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies and Burnett Family Distinguished Professorial Lecturer in International and Comparative Law and Policy Rosa Celorio served as a Senior Advisor to the Committee during this process.

“I was incredibly honored and humbled to be a part of this process. This is a landmark moment in the field of international human rights law. Now we have to work hard to make sure this General Recommendation is implemented and truly becomes a reality," said Dean Rosa Celorio. Read the official U.N. press release here.