Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Descrimination Against Women
As stated in the Beijing Platform for Action: "All human rights - civil, cultural, economic, political and social, including the right to development - are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated." From the adoption in 1979 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW and the Optional Protocol in 1999, to the Beijing Platform for Action (1995) and the Beijing +5 Declaration (2000) there has been an increasing acknowledgement of the need to focus on the rights of women and girls.
The advancement of women and the attainment of equality are matters of human rights. They are the only way to build a sustainable, just and fully developed society. Empowerment of women and equality between women and men are prerequisites for achieving political, social, economic, cultural and environmental security among all peoples.
The Working Group on Ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is currently stalled in the US Senate. Ratifying this treaty will lend a much-needed boost to our country's image internationally and help women refugees.
At the October 2009 Annual General Meeting, the attending members passed a resolution asking WG-USA to sign on as one of the 200+ members of the Working Group on Ratification of the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). To learn more about this group, go to: www.cedaw2010.org
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Letter to Your Senators
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Letter to the President of the United States
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Use the Political Party ProcessUse the Political Party Process to Advance CEDAW
WG-USA has formally approved by members support for ratification of CEDAW by the U.S. Senate.
Most states are now in the process of developing the political party platforms (as well as candidates), and you may want to consider introducing a resolution for your political party platform. Below is a model that was developed for use by UNA-Iowa members, and written by WG-USA Program Committee member, Alice Dahle, for a statement that supports the passage of CEDAW that could be used in your own caucus and/or party conventions.
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RESOLUTION ON The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
WHEREAS the United States has in the past shown leadership in promoting human rights, including the rights of women and girls, and was instrumental in the development of international human rights treaties and norms, including the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW);
WHEREAS the US Senate has already agreed to the ratification of several important human rights treaties, including the Genocide Convention, the Convention Against Torture, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination;
WHEREAS CEDAW establishes a worldwide commitment to combat discrimination against women and girls;
WHEREAS 186 countries around the world have ratified or acceded to CEDAW and the United States is among only seven countries, including Iran, Somalia and Sudan, which have not;
WHEREAS the legislatures of California, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, South Dakota and Vermont have endorsed US ratification of CEDAW;
WHEREAS ratification of CEDAW would allow the United States to nominate a representative to the CEDAW oversight committee:
Now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, that the ____________ Party supports
(1) prompt hearings on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and
(2) ratification of CEDAW by the full Senate.
What is CEDAW? CEDAW Fact Sheet 2010 >> download PDF
Powerpoint Presentation at Long Beach, CA AGM - eveything you need to know about CEDAW >> download PPT
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"From Fear to Freedom: Ending Violence Against Women"
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