29 May 2008

Cook Islands government to reform laws to eliminate discrimination against women

10:10 am on 29 May 2008

The Cook Islands government says it is ready to undertake reform of their domestic laws to make them more compliant with Convention on the

Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women or CEDAW

The country's Minister for Internal Affairs, Ngamau Munokoa, signalled the undertaking at the launch of a new publication; "Translating CEDAW into Law: CEDAW Legislative Compliance in the Cook Islands" in Rarotonga today.

CEDAW, which is also known as the International Bill of Rights for women,

defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda

for national action to end such discrimination.

Countries that have ratified CEDAW are legally bound to put the provisions of the Convention in place and are also required to submit reports on measures they have taken to comply with their obligations.