CEDAW is finally receiving the attention it deserves.
Women's Rights Treaty Gets First Senate Hearing in Eight Years
The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law held a hearing
just before Thanksgivingon the long-neglected United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
CEDAW is the only international agreement that comprehensively addresses women's rights, providing a universal definition of discrimination against women that establishes a basis for every government's domestic and foreign policy. Although CEDAW was passed by the U.N. General Assembly in 1979 and signed by President Carter in 1980, the United States remains one of just seven nations(including Iran and Somalia) that has failed to ratify the treaty. Treaty ratification requires a 2/3 vote (67 votes) of the Senate, more votes than many other critical women's rights bills have received recently. However, the hearing, coupled by the recent support for ratificationvoiced by first female Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Conner, is a positive sign
AAUW has endorsedCEDAW ratification since 1981 and is a longtime supporter of U.N. programs addressing the rights of women and girls. To learn more about the coalition working to ratify the treaty, visit www.CEDAW2010.org.