CEDAW

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June 10, 2012 by flyaway13

I find it offensive and hypocritical that the United States of America has not yet ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Until several days ago, I had no idea it even existed! Upon further research, I learned that while dozens of countries have ratified the Convention (such as Albania, Algeria, Belgium, Chile, Germany, Malaysia, Portugal, Pakistan, etc.), the United States has yet to do so. How can this country justify encouragement of women’s rights around the world without setting an example? Unless my information is outdated, the U.S. remains one of the minority of countries that has not ratified the CEDAW. This has to change.

As stated on the United Nations’ website, “The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.” In my opinion, there is absolutely no reason not to catch up with the times and join the (majority of) the rest of the world in ratifying the CEDAW.

United Nations. Division for the Advancement of Women, Department of Economic and Social Affairs. N.p., 2009. Web. 10 June 2012. .

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