Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women.

We sent you the below email on Wednesday 22 September and I thought I’d take the time to let you know that if you’re stretched for time and resources, please don’t burn yourselves out trying to reply to all of the questions.  The questions were based on the five most pressing issues we discussed at conference.  Some of you will have evidence of the issues still facing us as women and we’d be happy if you’d just add them.  If you feel strongly about only one, or heard a speaker on only one, and that’s what you have time for, then please just answer one.  You will see that we have policy on all of the questions so we will still be able to draft a submission to NCW.

Once the questionnaire is returned to Chris, we will collate them and draft a report.  We have several women who have been involved with this before.  If you’d like to join Anita Devcich, Maureen Eardley-Wilmot, Anne Todd-Lambie and I on the committee that reads, proofs, and edits the submission, please do not hesitate to contact me.  The Executive will all be involved in the process too.

Dear clubs,

The Government have released their draft report to CEDAW and we identified five priority issues facing women in New Zealand at conference.  We have put together the following questionnaire and would love it if you would take the time to fill it in and send it back to us.

We will use this to make our submission to the NGO Shadow report being collated by NCW.

We’d be most grateful if you were able to return this questionnaire to Chris Turner, Executive Secretary by 20 October so that we can get our submission in to NCW by the end of October.

Kia kaha tuahine



Domestic and family violence:

  • What the government says:
    • Article 16 – Marriage and family life  #’s 158 – 173
    • For eg – committed to reducing the damaging impacts of violence against women.

CEDAW concluding comment #25:

  • consistently implement and enforce the Programme of Action on Violence within Families
  • to revise its Domestic Violence Act of 1995 in order to protect all women victims of violence, including Maori, Pacific, Asian, immigrant, migrant and refugee women, and women with disabilities.
  • ensure that all violence against women is effectively prosecuted and adequately punished.
  • recommends that training be enhanced for the judiciary, public officials, law enforcement personnel and health-service providers in order to ensure that they can adequately respond to domestic violence.
  • to ensure that adequate data is collected on all forms of violence against women
  • conduct research on the prevalence, causes and consequences of violence against all groups of women to serve as the basis for comprehensive and targeted intervention.
  • study the reasons for the decline in the issuance of protective orders and to consider putting in place additional protective measures for women, such as enabling the police to issue protective orders.
  • Have the Govt done this?  If not, where are the failings? Need evidence – anecdotal and factual

BPWNZ: Policy – section 18

Drug and alcohol abuse:

  • There is no reference to any measures being taken by the Government in this area.
  • Should there be?
  • If so, what would that look like?
    • The Law Commission Report, and the implementation of it?
    • The 5+ Action Plan of the Alcohol Action Group

CEDAW: general health of women.  How it affects their wellbeing etc.

BPWNZ: Policy section 15: labelling, minimum purchasing age, and the new one this year – on blood alcohol limits

Pay equity or equal pay:

  • What the Government says…it says that it is researching the reasons why we have a gender pay gap, and encouraging women and girls to move in to trades and other male dominated roles, and flexible work places.  Article 11 of the Govt report

CEDAW Concluding comment #35

  • to take all appropriate measures, including temporary special measures and the strengthening of equality mechanisms, to address women’s disadvantaged situation in the labour market, including the situation of Maori, Pacific and minority women.
  • efforts be intensified to eliminate occupational segregation, and to narrow and close the wage gap between women and men.
  • monitor the impact of measures taken and results achieved in both the public and private sectors and to report thereon in its next periodic report.
  • What do you think?
  • Do we have a pay equity problem?

BPWNZ: Policy section 14

Equal opportunities and discrimination (in the workplace, women on Boards and in Parliament, Leadership roles and glass ceilings):

  • What the Govt says – Article 7
    • It says its promoting women in leadership – have put out a pamphlet and there is a nominations service at MWA.
  • Is this enough?
  • What should they be doing?

    CEDAW concluding comment 31:

    • to take concrete action and establish goals and time frames to increase the number of women in decisionmaking positions at the local level, in civil service, political parties, district health boards, statutory boards and the judiciary.
    • It also urges the State party to implement measures to increase the participation of Maori, Pacific and minority women in political decision-making positions at all levels, including temporary special measures
    • Has the government done this?

    BPWNZ: Policy section 14.  For eg since 1989 we have policy urging the government to enact legislation to embodying the principles of EEO and pay equity in the workforce

    Care of the aged, elder abuse and cutbacks for caregivers:

    • What the government says: nothing J
      • Article 11 – paragraph 109.  Women receive Superannuation and SuperGold Card

    CEDAW Articles 11 & 14

    BPWNZ: Policy section 15

    • Is this a particular issue affecting women and therefore need to be highlighted as discriminatory?
    • Remember what CEDAW stands for: the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women.
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