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 presented its most recent report at the Committee’s 52nd session in New York in July 2012.

At this session, NCWNZ presented an alternative report – Women Experiencing Discrimination 2012 (PDF) – which strengthened the CEDAW monitoring committee’s capacity to identify gaps and draw accountability from the Government.

The monitoring committee issued a list of Concluding Observations which require Government action. NCWNZ has 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.

The next shadow CEDAW report is currently being worked on for presentation in 2018.

Get Involved

We are keen to hear from any other groups or individuals who would like to be part of this process. If you would like to join one or more of these working groups, email office@ncwnz.org.nz.



Action plans for NCWNZ’s Alternative Reporting

CEDAW documents & reports: 2016

CEDAW documents & reports: 2014

CEDAW documents & reports: 2012

CEDAW presentations


Other links

CSW – Committee on the Status of Women

Beijing+20 documents: 2014