Translating CEDAW Into Law: CEDAW Legislative Compliance in the Cook Islands12 May 2008
This Report comprises the results of a desk review commissioned by the UNDP Pacific Centre to assess the legislative compliance of the Cook Islands with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women 1979 (CEDAW). The review required the application of 113 indicators (originally developed by the authors in conjunction with UNIFEM and the UNDP Pacific Centre and previously applied in nine Pacific countries) to the Constitution and legislation of the Cook Islands. The review aimed, through the application of the indicators, to provide a thorough analysis of the legislation of the Cook Islands and to assess its legislative compliance with CEDAW.
This Report is not intended to reflect negatively on the government of the Cook Islands but is aimed at assessing its level of current legislative compliance with CEDAW, with a view to identifying priorities for working towards greater compliance in the future. It is intended as a resource and a tool for the government and for non-government organisations to achieve full participation and non-discrimination for women in all aspects of their lives.