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May 23, 2006

Focus:Women
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Location:United States

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is holding its 35th session at United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York City from May 15th to June 2nd, 2006..

Interestingly, this meeting to discuss the fair and equitable treatment of women is being held in the only country that signed the convention and never ratified it. Yes, we’re talking about the United States of America.


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U.S. Won't Commit to Women's Equality
by Michele Larsen, May 23, 2006

CEDAW is an effort by the United Nations to set comprehensive international legal standards for women. By accepting the Convention, countries commit to implementing a series of measures to end discrimination against women, including:
  • to incorporate the principle of equality of men and women in their legal system, abolish all discriminatory laws and adopt appropriate ones prohibiting discrimination against women;

  • to establish tribunals and other public institutions to ensure the effective protection of women against discrimination; and

  • to ensure elimination of all acts of discrimination against women by persons, organizations or enterprises.

To read the full CEDAW text, follow this link: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/text/econvention.htm


Background

CEDAW was adopted by the United Nations’ General Assembly in 1979 by votes of 130 to none. At the special ceremony that took place at the Copenhagen Conference on July 17th in 1980, 64 countries signed the Convention, including the United States, and two submitted their instruments of ratification. On September 3rd in 1981, one month after 20 member countries ratified it, the Convention entered into force faster than any previous human rights convention.


Status

As of March 2, 2006, 182 countries - over 90% of the members of the United Nations - are party to the Convention. The U.S. has signed, but not ratified, the treaty – allowing it to be free from putting the provisions of the Convention into practice. The U.S. remains the only industrialized nation that has not ratified CEDAW.


What You Can Do


Write a letter to President Bush telling him that women’s rights are not only important, but also essential to a vital society.

President George W. Bush The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500

Phone: (202) 456-1111

Fax: (202) 456-2461

E-mail: president@whitehouse.gov

You can also write your Senators and ask them to push for the ratification of CEDAW. The US Senate has a list of Senators and their contact information at this pinpoint URL: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

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