UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

Denmark (CEDAW 09-03-2021)

The Committee considered the ninth periodic report of Denmark (CEDAW/C/DNK/9) at its 1797th, 1798th and 1799th meetings (see CEDAW/C/SR.1797, CEDAW/C/SR.1798 and CEDAW/C/SR.1799), held online from 22 to 24 February 2021. The list of issues and questions raised by the pre-sessional working group is contained in CEDAW/C/DNK/Q/9, and the responses of Denmark are contained in CEDAW/C/DNK/RQ/9.

Concluding observations

E. Principal areas of concern and recommendations

General context

    1. The Committee commends the State party for upholding its advanced social model, characterized by social redistribution, high unemployment benefits and a large public sector, while, at the same time, maintaining a competitive economy, dependable welfare and low unemployment and poverty rates, which the Committee also considers to be a strong basis for gender-responsive COVID-19 response and recovery strategies, including under the NextGenerationEU recovery plan. However, the Committee is concerned about the prevalence of gender-based violence against women, including domestic violence, and the feminization of poverty, which disproportionately affects women and girls belonging to disadvantaged and marginalized groups, who face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination, throughout the territory of the State party.
    2. In line with its guidance note on the obligations of States parties to the Convention in the context of COVID-19, issued on 22 April 2020, the Committee recommends that the State party:

      (a) Consolidate the Danish social model throughout the State party as a driving force for sustainable change, and use it as a catalyst for implementing measures, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, to redress long-standing inequalities between women and men by placing women and girls at the centre of recovery strategies, in accordance with the 2030 Agenda, paying particular attention to unemployed women and women living in poverty, women belonging to ethnic or national minorities, indigenous women, older women, women with disabilities, migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women, and lesbian, bisexual and transgender women and intersex persons;


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