2005 WORLD SUMMIT MUST CONSIDER WAYS TO PROTECT,
PROMOTE WOMEN'S RIGHTS UN OFFICIAL
New York, Jul 5 2005 6:00PM
With many competing interests and expectations vying
for attention in the run up to the 2005 World Summit,
world leaders must make sure that any decisions they
take in September will ultimately promote and protect
the rights of women, the top United Nations adviser on
women's issues said today.
Addressing the opening
the 33rd session of the Committee on the
Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Rachel
Mayanja, Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Adviser
to the on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women
stressed the 23-member expert body's tireless
commitment to that aim ensuring that real-life
benefits were the guiding principle in gauging how
women could gain from decisions taken by the
The 23-member Committee of experts, which monitors
implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of
All Forms of Discrimination against Women, also worked
diligently to highlight the specific areas of concern
in each of the States parties that came before it for a
constructive dialogue about their compliance, Ms.
She added the Committee's approach to gender equality,
as reflected in its general recommendations, statements
and concluding comments, made it very clear that States
parties to the Convention were obliged to tackle the
structural causes of discrimination against women.
Only by challenging the ingrained and systemic roots of
women's inequality would true equality with men be
realized, she said.
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Former Brooklyn Bar Head Gets 27-Month Prison Term
New York Law Journal
New York federal Judge John Gleeson on Tuesday
sentenced a former Brooklyn Bar Association president
to 27 months in prison, six months less than the
minimum called for by the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.
Imposing Edward Reich's sentence for accepting $10,500
in bribes while acting as a court-appointed referee,
Gleeson called the lawyer's acts "a flat out abuse of
power." In departing from sentencing guidelines,
Gleeson said he was influenced by Reich's health, age
and agreement to pay restitution.
Brown's Name in the Mix of Possible High Court Picks
After Justice Sandra Day O'Connor announced her
resignation from the U.S. Supreme Court, Christian
groups, conservative commentators and others began
beating the drums to have Janice Rogers Brown named her
successor. But most political pundits said Brown --
recently confirmed for the D.C. Circuit after being
filibustered for nearly two years -- would be a highly
unlikely choice. "She's already been the source of
great controversy," said one law professor. "And she's
too new to the federal court system."