U.S. Senate Holds Hearing to Consider CEDAW Ratification

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), often described as an international bill of rights for women, is a United Nations treaty that was adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly. Although President Carter signed the treaty on behalf of the United States in 1980, the Senate has never voted to ratify the treaty.

Ninety-five percent of the world’s countries have ratified the Convention, which requires them to submit annual reports on the status of women’s rights for international review. This leaves the United States as one of seven countries -and the only industrialized country- that has not yet ratified the convention.

This afternoon, the U.S. Senate held a hearing on CEDAW for the first time in nearly a decade.  “Why do we need it,” asked Senate Subcommittee Chair  Dick Durbin (D-IL).  “Because human rights of women and girls are violated around the world.”  The Committee received more than 100 letters from individuals and organizations in support of ratifying CEDAW, a very high level of response for a such a hearing. 



3 responses to “U.S. Senate Holds Hearing to Consider CEDAW Ratification

  1. Well, what is in this for the incoming Congress? Do they think talking about it a little will give them some points? It takes more than that. Surprise us and sign on to CEDAW! I would certainly be very impressed and surprised.

  2. I hope they don't pass this… we already have a bill of rights here in the USA, and we certainly don't need the one that the UN and its various entities want to impose upon us. It troubles me when such blatant manipulation of women takes place, and this 'bill of rights for women' is sadly conning even some of the most intellectual women here in the states. But not all of them, thank gosh. The UN and its small sub-bodies have proven to be ineffective, horribly corrupt, and they mangle the concept of 'rights' as outlined in our nation's own founding documents. May the senate continue to refuse to ratify this horrendous treaty.

  3. May I suggest that RinNH read CEDAW? It's not hard; it only requires about a ninth grade education, thank gosh. May I also note that the U.S. Bill of RIghts has nothing in it regarding women's rights? I am guessing that RInNH has little knowledge about the horrendous treatment of women in many modern nations, from mutilating their sex organs to forbidding their education (although perhaps RinNH may not see the latter as a problem.). I repeat. Just read the treaty. You've obviously gotten bad information.

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