Ratify UN Optional Protocol on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

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Despite the adoption of The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) treaty approximately 32 years ago by the United Nations, and while at least 186 countries have ratified the convention, the United States remains one of only few nations in the world that have not. Ratification of the treaty is critical and urgent for continuing progress on women's and girls' rights in this nation and for bolstering efforts to support and advance women's rights as well as democracy, liberty, civil rights, universal human rights, dignity, and well being worldwide. Ratifying CEDAW and CEDAW Optional Protocol would strengthen and advance the US Constitution, US leadership, this nation values, the greater and common goods, and humanity decency and goodness.

The Optional Protocol Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women contains two procedures: A communications procedure allows individual women, or groups of women, to submit claims of violations of rights protected under the Convention to the Committee. The Protocol also creates an inquiry procedure enabling the Committee to initiate inquiries into situations of grave or systematic violations of women’s rights.

Ratification of the treaties are critical and urgent for continuing progress on women’s and girls’ rights in this nation and for bolstering efforts to support and advance women’s rights as well as democracy, liberty, civil rights, universal human rights, dignity, and well being worldwide.

 

Link to UN treaties:

http://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=IND&mtdsg_no=IV-8&chapter=4〈=en

http://treaties.un.org/Pages/ViewDetails.aspx?src=IND&mtdsg_no=IV-8-b&chapter=4〈=en

http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/protocol/

 

 



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