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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Summary of international agreements: the rights of women and girls – Published by NCWNZ (PDF brochure)
- CEDAW Quick and Concise YouTube video list – By IWRAW
- Key principles of CEDAW – Non Discrimination, State Obligation, Substantive Equality (Youtube video links)
Action plans for NCWNZ’s Alternative Reporting
- CEDAW Action Plan 2012 – By NCWNZ, from Conference 2012 (3 pages, PDF)
- CEDAW Lead Organisations & Framework for Action – Updated on 11 May 2015 (2 pages, PDF)
CEDAW documents & reports: 2016
- United Nations CEDAW – Eighth Periodic Report by the Government of New Zealand, March 2012 – March 2016, Draft report for public consultation (112 pages, PDF)
CEDAW documents & reports: 2014
- 2014 Mid Term Report to CEDAW – By NCWNZ, Feb 2014 (12 pages, PDF)
CEDAW documents & reports: 2012
- CEDAW Committee Concluding Observations (CEDAW/C/NZL/CO/7) – From United Nations, 27 July 2012 (11 pages, PDF)
- Media Release from NCWNZ – UN Committee Expresses Concern About the Status of Women in New Zealand (1 page, PDF)
- Women Experiencing Discrimination 2012 – Aotearoa New Zealand Non-Governmental Organisations Report – Published by NCWNZ, April 2012 (71 pages, PDF)
- Women Experiencing Discrimination 2012 – Oral Presentation – By NCWNZ, July 2012 (2 pages, PDF)
- Statement to UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women – Speech by Minister for Women, July 2012 (link to Beehive website)
- The Status of Women in NZ – NZ Government Report 2010: 7th report published by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (80 pages, PDF)
- A Monitoring Framework – Identification of Issues for CEDAW presentation – By IWRAW, Nov 2012 (18 pages, PDF)
- Human Rights Treaties presentation – By Beryl Anderson, NCWNZ, Nov 2012 (15 pages, PDF)
- CEDAW 2012 – The Way Forward presentation – By Sue O’Shea, Human Rights Commission, Nov 2012 (14 pages, PDF)
- Locating CEDAW in the Human Rights system presentation – By Tashia Peterson, Nov 2012 (19 pages, PDF)
- Redressing Discrimination Against Women – Speech by Dr Anne Else, 24 Nov 2012 (6 pages, PDF)
- Human Rights Treaties, processes and CEDAW – By Beryl Anderson for NCWNZ (3 pages, PDF)
CSW – Committee on the Status of Women
- CSW57 – Commission on the Status of Women: Background and agreed conclusions (17 pages, PDF)
- CSW59 – New Zealand’s National Statement by Minister for Women at the 59th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
Beijing+20 documents: 2014
- Beijing+20 Report on Gender Equality Progress: Civil Society Organisation Review – By NCWNZ and UN Women, August 2014 (26 pages, PDF)
- Beijing+20 – NCWNZ Action Item (MSWord)
- New Zealand Government’s National Review: Beijing+20 report – By Ministry of Women’s Affairs, May 2014 (52 pages, PDF)
- Beijing+20 Guidance note for the preparation of national reviews – By UN Women (13 pages, PDF)