Public consultation opens on CEDAW report

Minister for Women Hon Louise Upston has released the draft of New Zealand’s eighth periodic report on the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) for public consultation. The report outlines the progress the Government has made over the reporting period (March 2012 to March 2016) in improving outcomes for women and implementing the articles of CEDAW. It also addresses the 2012 Concluding Observations of the Committee.

The Government has made steady progress in improving outcomes for women and building on the fundamental guarantees provided by CEDAW. There is, however, more that can be done to ensure New Zealand women experience the full equality guaranteed by law.

The Government is seeking public feedback on its draft report before a final version is submitted to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women in June 2016. 

This is an opportunity to have your say. Written feedback can be submitted via email to info@women.govt.nz. The Ministry for Women hopes to receive a diverse range of perspectives to inform New Zealand’s report.  The closing date for feedback is Sunday 31 January 2016.