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Liz Nelson ■ Switzerland – Submission to the UN Committee for the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

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Switzerland – Submission to the UN Committee for the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

This report, in collaboration with Alliance-Sud and CESR, represents a follow up to our successful 2016 submission on Switzerland also located in the CEDAW collection. This report flags the little progress made by the state in addressing the serious concerns in their financial secrecy policy and laws.

In this submission, we argue that Switzerland’s financial secrecy practices violate the country’s obligations to respect, protect and fulfil women’s rights beyond their borders. They do this by depriving governments (especially in the Global South) of the opportunity to progressively raise tax revenues and maximise all available resources by which they can both realise the economic and social rights of women and girls and strengthen substantive gender equality. This submission builds on a submission at Switzerland’s last review by CEDAW in 2016, and the Committee’s recommendations to the government at that time. We show that the Swiss government has not taken meaningful action to address those recommendations.