Challenging Conventions: In Pursuit of Greater Legislative Compliance with CEDAW in the Pacific

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dc.contributor.author Jivan, Vedna en_US
dc.contributor.author Forster, Christine en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-02T11:04:51Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-02T11:04:51Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_US
dc.identifier 2009007543 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Jivan Vedna and Forster Christine 2009, 'Challenging Conventions: In Pursuit of Greater Legislative Compliance with CEDAW in the Pacific', University of Melbourne, Melbourne Law School, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 655-690. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1444-8602 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1UNSUBMIT en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/15970
dc.description.abstract A recent review of the legislation and constitutions of 10 Pacific Island countries that have ratified or acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women revealed a uniformly low level of legislative compliance with the Convention across a range of areas. These include in the areas of equality and nondiscrimination law, employment law, criminal law, protection against gender-based violence and marriage and family law. This commentary considers the reasons for the low levels of legislative compliance with CEDAW in the Pacific, such as the lasting impact of Western colonisation, which has left many PICs with outdated legislative frameworks; the prioritisation of practices deemed customary or traditional above addressing discrimination against women; the stark lack of female representation in political institutions including legislatures at both local and national levels; and the weaknesses of the CEDAW reporting system. Whilst legislative reform is but a first step towards gender equality in the region, this commentary argues that it is a necessary and important goal. Legislation provides a mechanism through which individuals who have experienced discrimination can seek redress and, importantly, can represent a societal commitment to equality, diversity and nondiscrimination, thereby benefiting not only women's lives but also Pacific communities at large. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher University of Melbourne, Melbourne Law School en_US
dc.title Challenging Conventions: In Pursuit of Greater Legislative Compliance with CEDAW in the Pacific en_US
dc.parent Melbourne Journal of International Law en_US
dc.journal.volume 10 en_US
dc.journal.number 2 en_US
dc.publocation Melbourne, Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 655 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 690 en_US
dc.cauo.name LAW.Faculty of law en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 180100 en_US
dc.personcode 040091 en_US
dc.personcode 0000022838 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Law en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity en_US
dc.description.keywords United Nations. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women; Women's rights -- International cooperation; Sex discrimination against women -- Law and legislation; Sex discrimination against women -- Prevention -- International cooperation; Human rights en_US


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