a great piece from a Presbyterian delegate to CSW57.
Originally posted on Observations at the UN Commission on the Status of Women:
CSW is the most prominent gathering of women for bringing attention to the rights of women around the world. It is in effect a political process for member states to agree on policies and actions they will take to promote women’s rights and to eliminate all forms of violence against women. Bottom line, member states have already agreed to actions, but there is a gap between promises and action.
The US has some major issues – big surprise… As I understand it, the US has not ratified CEDAW (CEDAW) Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination of Women. From the web site:
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.