The New Zealand Human Rights Commission is New Zealand’s National Human Rights Institution. It is accredited with “A” status. One of the Commission’s functions is “to promote and monitor compliance by New Zealand with, and the reporting by New Zealand on, the implementation of international instruments on human rights ratified by New Zealand."
The Commission welcomes the opportunity to provide this submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women for the purposes of New Zealand’s eighth periodic review under the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
Based on the Commission’s consultations with women and its own research and work, we have identified five priority areas for women and girls in New Zealand:
- a. Gender based violence
- b. Employment
- c. Exploitation and trafficking
- d. Health
- e. Data collection and resource allocation
Our submission references relevant CEDAW articles and Sustainable Development Goals. A full summary of recommendations that the Committee may wish to make to the New Zealand Government is provided at Appendix A.