Accountability is critical
The new SDGs comprise our post 2015-Development Agenda; goals and targets agreed. According to the UN Secretary General, the review process is to function in close relationship with national and regional review processes and to be built on “national ownership, broad participation and full transparency.”
In the interim, the CEDAW ensures we are held accountable for SDG 5.
Countries that have ratified or acceded to the Convention are legally bound to put its provisions into practice. They are also committed to submit national reports, at least every four years, on measures they have taken to comply with their treaty obligations.
The Government of Trinidad and Tobago, acceded to the CEDAW in 1990. We are due to submit our fourth report by June 2016.
We have consistently fallen behind in compliance and reporting.
Discrimination and violence against women has a ripple and destabilizing effect on a country’s social and economic landscape. With lives being affected and lost on a daily basis, this must be dealt with as a matter of urgency.
We are morally and legally bound.