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A Cuban representative was elected to the UN's Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) for the fourth consecutive period.

Magalys Arocha, the Foreign Affairs Secretary of the Cuban Women's Federation, was re-elected with 149 out of a possible 181 votes. This will be her fourth consecutive two-year term.

The CEDAW committee is mandated to oversee the implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, which was passed by the General Assembly in 1979.

Cuba was one of the first countries to ratify the convention in 1980 and the Cuban Women's Federation has played an integral part in its development and implementation.

Arocha's re-election confirms Cuba's commitment to championing women's rights internationally and also highlights the growing role of Cuban foreign policy on the world stage recently, including its election onto the new Human Rights Council last year.

Source: Radio Habana Cuba 

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