Shadow Report to UN CEDAW Committee on Discrimination Against Traveller & Roma Women

Ireland’s record on the protection and promotion of women’s rights will be under the scrutiny of the United Nations in Geneva next month.  On the 15th of February the Irish Government will be examined in front of the UN Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Pavee Point and National Traveller Women’s Forum have produced a Joint Shadow Report to highlight the human rights situation of Traveller and Roma women in Ireland and will present to the UN CEDAW Committee on Feb 13th to further  highlight these issues.

In the report we look at the experience of Traveller and Roma women in accommodation, health, employment, education, social protection, violence against women and other key areas, and ask the CEDAW Committee to make the following recommendations  to the Irish Government as a matter of priority:

  • Recognise Irish Travellers as a minority ethnic group without further delay

  • Establish a statutory agency with enforcement powers to deliver progress across all Traveller and Roma policy areas to ensure allocated actions and budgets are fully implemented and spent

  •  Review the application of the right to reside and habitual residence condition in consultation with Traveller and Roma women

  • Make Child Benefit payments a truly universal payment that is not contingent on the fulfilment of the Habitual Residence Condition

  • Resource the adoption of targeted community development programming to eliminate violence against Traveller and Roma women

We also ask that gender specific targets be introduced in all Government policy, that data collection is disaggregated by ethnicity and gender across all administrative systems  and that there is active and meaningful consultation with Traveller and Roma women’s representative organisations.

You can read our report here: Pavee Point & NTWF Joint Shadow Report to UN CEDAW Committee