Civil society to send alternate report cedaw convention

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Apr 19, 2016-

With the government 10 months behind submitting Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) period report, the civil society is gearing up to send an alternate report from Nepal. 

The move is believed to put pressure on the government to send the sixth report to UN Women, the United Nations body that looks after CEDAW reports.

The civil society claims it has been compelled to send the alternate report instead of the shadow report in the absence of an official report from the government. 

As a country that has ratified the Convention, Nepal has committed to submit national reports, at least every four years, on measures it has taken to comply with its treaty obligations. As the general practice, the government sends the official report and the non-government organisations submit a shadow report to provide a clear picture of the status and the rights of the women in the country. 

The government, which had sent the fifth period report in 2011, was supposed to submit the sixth period report by June 2015. 

“With the government delaying its report, we are planning to submit an alternate report at the end of this month instead of the shadow report on CEDAW Convention. We hope this will put pressure on the government to speed up its report writing process,” said Meera Dhungana, president of the Forum for Women, Law and Development. The alternate report is being prepared by 50 non-government organisations working for gender equality. 

The government has been citing last April’s earthquake as the reason behind the delay. “The earthquake took up much of our time last year and we could not submit the report. We are almost ready with the report and will soon send it to the Cabinet for its approval,” said Radhika Aryal, joint secretary at the Ministry of Women Children and Social Welfare.

Published: 19-04-2016 09:00

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