The United States is one of only six countries in the world that have not ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). CEDAW is an important tool to combat discrimination and human rights abuses against women around the world and its ratification would strengthen the position of the United States as a global leader in affirming and supporting women’s rights as human rights.
On January 4, 2013, Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and 31 cosponsors introduced a bill calling for the Senate to ratify CEDAW, claiming “the ratification of CEDAW would continue our nation’s proud bipartisan tradition of empowering human rights. We need to ratify the agreement and strength our standing as a global leader for the rights of women and girls.”
For more information, you can visit http://www.cedaw2011.org/