7 Dec 2009

Nauru MPs back CEDAW

2:56 pm on 7 December 2009

MPs in Nauru have thrown their support behind the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, or CEDAW.

Nauru is one of just three Pacific countries yet to ratify the convention, along with Tonga and Palau.

Tonga's Government earlier refused to sign saying that CEDAW would cut across the cultural and social heritage that makes up the unique Tongan way of life.

Last week, Nauru's President, Marcus Stephen, told a two-day dialogue on CEDAW that the Convention would allow for the full and complete development of a country through the maximum participation of women on equal terms with men in all fields.

At the end of the dialogue MPs had backed the Government's commitment to ratify CEDAW within a set timeframe.

But the MPs say it does pose challenges for a small island nation, especially the lack of resources and technical capacity to meet the associated implementation and reporting requirements.

The Minister for Justice, Health and Sports, Mathew Batsiua, says to lessen the costs there could be special sittings of the CEDAW committee in the Pacific.