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ACHIEVING FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF CEDAW. The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Taking Action on the CEDAW Committee’s concluding comments. on the Zealand Government’s 6 th Periodic Report considered on 2 August 2007

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The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms

of Discrimination against Women

Taking Action on the CEDAW Committee’s concluding comments

on the Zealand Government’s 6th Periodic

Report considered on 2 August 2007

Before the next report is made in September 2010 ….

  • A huge amount of work to be done – largely

    due to NGO reporting

  • NGOs reports were valued and the Committee

    listened to our concerns in New York

The concluding comments are a tribute to NGO efforts but ….

  • Carry the responsibility of ensuring we push for further implementation

  • The measure of our success will be positive action shown by the Government in its next report in 2010

Principal areas of concern and recommendations are on three levels

1. Principles and means by which further

implementation can be achieved

2. Education and advocacy

3. Critical issues of concern on which

implementation is still to be achieved

1. Principles and means ….

  • Tracking trends over time on the actual situation of different groups of women

  • Monitoring of progress through measurable indicators - use of benchmarks, targets, incentives

    and quotas, recruitment and support programmes

  • Advocating for temporary special measures to accelerate achievement

  • Strengthening of data collection

2. Education and advocacy ….

  • Ask Ministers and MPs if they are familiar with the Committee’s concluding comments

  • Advocacy for strengthening prohibitions against direct and indirect discrimination against women

  • Education on comprehensive scope of CEDAW, especially equality between women and men

Education and advocacy cont.

  • Updates of action plans for women should be based on CEDAW – and linked

  • Publicise Optional Protocol to CEDAW as a means of redress

  • Enhancement of legal education and training for all lawyers, judges, and law enforcement officers recommended

Critical issues of concern for further implementation

  • Media portrayal – stereotyping, negativity

  • Employment – equal pay, equal opportunity,

    occupational segregation, wage gap

  • Labour market – minorities disadvantaged

  • Violence against women – special groups, refugee and migrant women; trafficking

  • Education – voluntary school payments

Critical Issues

  • Decision-making positions – inconsistency

  • Seasonal workers – paid parental leave

  • Rural health care

  • Women’s access to justice

  • Sex education, prevention of STDs

  • Property (Relationships) Act – research and

    analysis of impacts of new property division

CEDAW as a catalyst for comprehensive action

  • Full and effective implementation of CEDAW is

    indispensable to achieving the Millennium

    Development Goals and action on the Beijing


  • NGOs must push for New Zealand to ratify the Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families

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