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Don't Be Deceived: Only a "Clean" CEDAW Should be Ratified
Women Need a Strong CEDAW, Not One with Disabling RDUsSoon the U.S. Senate will be reviewing an international treaty that could dramatically advance women's rights, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The U.S. is one of the very few countries that have not ratified this treaty since it was introduced some three decades ago. Known as the "women's treaty," CEDAW addresses many areas where women are denied equal treatment and opportunity.
Some women's organizations have avoided talking about the damaging Reservations, Declarations and Understandings and have dismissed their potential effect on women's rights. The National Organization for Women disagrees. Ratifying CEDAW with nearly a dozen disabling restrictions is a pointless exercise; worse, it sends a message to the international community that the U.S. does not want to abide by international norms and will not take action to assure equal treatment and opportunity for women. NOW and others believe that we must address the RDUs head-on and demand that they be removed at the outset.
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