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CSW Day 2

March 5, 2013

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.

Now, I don’t know the reason why the US has not ratified it, but my guess is that CEDAW includes reproductive rights, and the Republicans would not go for it. Sounds like the stupidity over VAWA and civil rights debates and lack of political will to protect half our population.

We should be pushing our politicians to ratify CEDAW and to transform our culture to pay attention to the issues facing women and girls, to eliminate rape, to prosecute perpetrators.

According to UNWomen, the 4 Ps are key:

Prosecution of perpetrators
Provision of services

By the way, this is the largest participation at CSW with 6000 people gathering to show how important this issue is.


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One Comment
  1. Reblogged this on Ecumenical Women at the United Nations and commented:
    a great piece from a Presbyterian delegate to CSW57.

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