The Solomon Islands cabinet has refused to approve a report on women in time for its submission to a meeting of a United Nations gender discrimination committee.

Solomon Islands is one of the few states party to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women that has never submitted a country report.

The permanent secretary for the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs says cabinet has not explained its decision to withhold the report.

But Ethel Sigimanu said this denies Solomon Islands the opportunity to inform the committee of the progress it is making on meeting its obligations under the convention.

“But also it means we will be denied of some guidance by the CEDAW committee as to what Solomon Islands as a state party needs to perhaps focus priority attention on.”

Sigimanu said although she’s very discouraged, her ministry will forge on with attempts to implement CEDAW…..PACNEWS (PINA)
Charmaine Rodrigues
Crisis Governance Programme Specialist
Crisis Governance Unit  – Governance and Rule of Law Group
Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery
United Nations Development Programme
One UN Plaza, DC1-428 New York, NY 10017
charmaine.rodrigues@undp.org
Phone: +1 (212) 906-6439

01 AUGUST 2012 HONIARA (RNZI)

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