Mon Nov 12, 2012, 12:23 PM
niyad (32,518 posts)
it's time to ratify global women's rights treaty (CEDAW)
It's Time To Ratify Global Women's Rights Treaty
by Lucinda Marshall
The United States is one of six countries that has not yet ratified CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women which was adopted by the United Nations in 1979. The Convention is a significant tool in insuring women’s human rights which defines discrimination against women as,
“any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of sex which has the effect or purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise by women, irrespective of their marital status, on a basis of equality of men and women, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field”.
Upon ratifying the Convention, it requires countries,
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.
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187 countries have ratified CEDAW. Six have not: the U.S., Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Palau, and Tonga. It is well past time for the United States to truly become the leader in women’s human rights that it claims to be and ratify CEDAW without reservation.
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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 12:36 PM
Nika (545 posts)
1. This is something long overdue.
The treatment of women in this world is appalling at best. There has to be a re-focus and emphasis on upholding and protesting the rights of women. All throughout the world.
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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 12:41 PM
niyad (32,518 posts)
2. having seen the blind hatred of the reichwing for women, as demonstrated by the appalling beliefs
and statements of so many politicians and others, I despair. these were not "gaffes" or "misspeaks", but a removal of the masks that allowed them to pretend for so long.