Oral Statement 5 juli

Van 5 – 9 juli 2021 beraadslaagde de Presessional Working Group van CEDAW over schriftelijke vragen aan de staten waarmee in sessie 81 een dialoog zal plaatsvinden. De List of Issues voor de landen Armenië, Djibouti, Finland, Georgië, Honduras, Turkije. En de List of Issues Prior to Reporting van Estland, Niger en Nederland.

Op 5 juli waren NGOs uit de betrokken landen in staat gesteld om in een digitale sessie de aanwezige leden van het comité kort toe te spreken over de meest prangende kwesties. Dit in aanvulling op de schaduwrapportages. Per land moest er maximaal 10 minuten tussen gegadigde NGOs verdeeld worden; de twee Nederlandse sprekers kregen samen 8 minuten.

Voor de Nederlandse NGOs sprak Saïda Derrazi namens het Netwerk VN-Vrouwenverdrag 5 minuten. Dit Oral Statement is hier in PDF: Oral Statement of the Dutch CEDAW Network PSWG 5 july 2021 (def).
Hieronder staat de volledige tekst.

Ook namens COC, NNID en TNN is een Oral Statement uitgesproken door Annelies Tukker. Hun drie minuten bijdrage zal hier gepubliceerd worden zodra de webredactie het achterhaald heeft.

Oral Statement of the Dutch CEDAW Network
CEDAW session 81st session PSWG on Monday, 5 July 2021

Thank you, Madam Chair, distinguished members of the Committee,

Today I have the honour to address you on behalf of the Dutch CEDAW Network, representing the 76 Dutch NGOs that submitted a joint shadow report for the 7th CEDAW review of the Netherlands.

Our shadow report shows a deep concern that gender neutrality seems to be the default in Dutch policy-making. We have observed that this causes issues and communities to be ignored, made invisible, or even results in counterproductive effects.

Consulted NGOs think the Netherlands will no longer be able to uphold and deliver on its progressive image, when not fully committing to an at least gender sensitive, but ideally gender transformative and gender just lens. During the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, unlike the rest of the world, Dutch data did not show an increase of domestic violence. Was our country truly the only in the world where this shadow pandemic did not hit? NGOs doubt that.

What happens in the world, and what the government decides on, does not have ‘neutral’ effects, but the government fails to recognise this by not performing gender assessments. We note that austerity measures such as cutbacks in legal aid disproportionately affect especially women from marginalised groups. This has serious consequences.

Has the Netherlands become safer for women – or not? This question occurred when during the COVID-19  pandemic we noted an increase in extreme violence against sex workers. Despite their position as legal workers and tax payers, they were not eligible for emergency aid and were forced to work in dangerous, illegal conditions. NGOs also noted a serious increase in sexual intimidation and hate speech against women – and especially against black, migrant, refugee, muslim and LBTI+ women -, which only sparked a lukewarm response from the government.

Recently, a new call for emancipation subsidy policy was issued. It has been designed in the same way as before, despite the fact that recent experience showed that it almost completely excludes organisations representing marginalised women. Or, to only have them participate under the ‘guard’ of large, institutionalised organisations. This doesn’t contribute to bringing all relevant voices to the table, or even acknowledging them as equal partners.

We would like to conclude with our concerns over how serious the implementation of the Convention is taken in the Kingdom, including the recent general recommendation on climate change.

Our words and actions have the power to transform, and together, we must deliver on this truth.

Thank you. We look forward to answering your questions.