CRC & CEDAW
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) contains the legal entitlements for children in order that they may survive, be protected and develop to their full potential. The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) refers to the legal entitlements of women and girls so that they may enjoy the same rights as men and boys with regard to their survival, protection and development. The two conventions are both mutually reinforcing and complementary – enriching the promotion and protection of children’s and women’s rights.
All 13 countries under UNICEF Pacific’s coverage have ratified to the CRC. They are now obligated to ensure that the Convention is implemented in their countries and monitored to track progress. State reports must be submitted to the Geneva Committee on the Rights of the Child two years after ratification for Initial Reports and then every five years subsequently. Reporting on the CRC, like other treaties and agreements, poses huge challenges for small island governments and administrations.
UNICEF Pacific supports countries to implement the CRC and CEDAW in several sectors including education, health, justice, social welfare and community development. In addition, UNICEF Pacific places specific focus on supporting governments’ central coordinating mechanisms for children – National Advisory Committees for Children (NACCs) – and the policies and development plans for children and youth that govern them.