The United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is an international treaty, ratified by New Zealand in 1985.
Governments of countries that have ratified CEDAW are obliged to submit periodic reports to the CEDAW monitoring committee, outlining their progress in meeting their obligations under the convention. The New Zealand Government will be presenting its most recent report at the Committee’s 70th session in Geneva in July 2018.
At this session, the Aotearoa New Zealand Non-Governmental Organisations alternative report which was coordinated by NCWNZ will be presented which strengthens the CEDAW Monitoring Committee’s capacity to identify gaps and draw accountability from the Government. The report covers the period from 2012 – 2016.
When the NZ Government presented its report in 2012, the Monitoring Committee issued a list of Concluding Observations which required Government action. NCWNZ established Lead Working Groups to monitor and report on the actions by the Government to redress the key areas of concern identified and recommendations made by the Monitoring Committee. Many of these remain substantially unaddressed.
We are keen to hear from any other groups or individuals who would like to be part of the CEDAW Alternate Report process. Additional material will need to be prepared to inform the CEDAW Monitoring Committee of changes that have occurred since the end of the 30 June 2016 reporting period. If you would like to join one or more of the working groups, please email national Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.