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Dubravka Simonovic

Dubravka Simonovic

Dubravka Simonovic is acting as an Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Croatia to the OSCE, UN and International organization since April 2013.

Ms. Simonovic has also been  a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) for the past 10 years (since 2003).  She was the Chairperson of the CEDAW from 2007-2008. Currently she is a member of the CEDAW Optional Protocol working group that deals with individual communications.

For a number of years she served as a Head of the Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Croatia.

While posted at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Croatia in the New York to the UN she was elected as a Chairperson of the UN Commission on the Status of Women for two years (1998- 2000). She was at the UNIFEMs Consultative Committee. She attended the International Conference on Population and Development, Cairo 1994 and the Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing, 1995.

Ms. Simonovic was also the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the Council of Europe (CoE) Task Force to combat violence against women, including domestic violence (2006-2008) and Co-Chairperson of the CoE Committee (CAHVIO) that elaborated the new CoE Convention on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence ( 2008-2010).

Ms. Simonovic holds a PhD in Law from the University of Zagreb. She was a visiting Scholar at the Columbia Law School (2002), as well as a Visiting professor at the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights of the University of Cincinnati (2011).

She is not a member of any political party.

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