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Gender-programming NGOs prepare for CEDAW involvement as government is due for reporting in June

International instruments

Mbabane 2018-02-22

The Government of Swaziland extended gender-programming NGOs’involvement in preparing for a 3rd State Party report on CEDAW.

The State party report is due in June 2018 to the UN CEDAW Committee.
This will be a report on the Concluding Observations and Recommendations, made by the Committee.

The process is coordinated locally by the Deputy Prime Ministers Office; Gender & Family Issues Department which invited gender-programming Civil Society organisations under the Gender Consortium to a stakeholder consultative dialogue at Mountain Inn, Mbabane between 14-16 February 2018.

Swaziland has previously submitted a COMBINED INTIAL AND SECOND CEDAW PERIODIC REPORTS OF SWAZILAND in 2012 and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (UN CEDAW Committee) made Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 18 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

According to the 2012 report, Swaziland acceded to the CEDAW on 26th March 2004, attesting to “the country’s recognition of discrimination against women as a problem and to Government’s commitment to recognize and promote women’s rights in the attainment of gender equality.”

The report further states that on the same date, the country also acceded to the United Nations Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), United Nations Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) as well as the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) which all contain the recognition and protection of important fundamental human rights also applicable to women. The compilation of the initial report was done in 2008 with the second one in 2012. Article 18 states that the initial State Party report is a year after accession to the convention, the process which should have commenced in 2005 for Swaziland.

“However, mainly due to resource constraints, Government was unable to undertake the necessary activities that were required to compile the requisite report. Fortunately, with the assistance of UNDP and the European Commission (EC), a 3-year project from 2008 – 2010 has been commenced that seeks to strengthen the implementation of CEDAW in the country, including the submission of the requisite progress reports in this regard. It is this assistance that has supported Government to undertake the necessary work and in turn enabled Swaziland to submit the current progress report,” state the combined report.