Pramila Patten is the Vice Chairperson of CEDAW Committee, having been a member since 2003. She is also a member of the Working Group on Communications under the Optional Protocol to CEDAW and a member of the Advisory Panel for the African Women’s Rights Observatory of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. She has served on the Governing Council and the Executive Committee of the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS) and Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF), both large Pan-African organizations. She was appointed Commissioner by the Secretary General of the United Nations on the International Commission of Inquiry which investigated into the massacre in Guinea Conakry on 28 September 2009.
Ms Patten chaired the Working Group on General Recommendation No. 30 on “ Women in Conflict Prevention, Conflict and Post-conflict Situations,” adopted by the CEDAW Committee on 18 October 2013, and has has provided technical assistance to several States Parties to CEDAW including Albania, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Haiti, Timor Leste, Ukraine, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Turkey, India, Bangladesh, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia. In July 2014, Ms Patten was appointed by UN Women on a High Level Expert Advisory Panel on the monitoring of implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325. Mrs Patten is consultant for several regional and international organizations. Ms Patten is a practicing lawyer in Mauritius since 1982 and a member of Gray’s Inn.