Women's Media Center statement on CEDAW
November 16, 2010
The Women’s Media Center (WMC) applauds the decision of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law for holding a hearing on the United States’ Ratification of CEDAW (the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women). CEDAW is the only international human rights treaty to focus exclusively on the rights of women. It has been ratified by 186 of 193 countries worldwide. The United States is one of seven countries that have failed to ratify CEDAW, joined by countries such as Iran, Somalia, and Sudan. The treaty protects fundamental human rights, addressing violence against women, the right to vote, sex trafficking, and access to education, among other issues. For the United States to remain a world leader on human rights issues, this critical treaty should be ratified. WMC’s President, Julie Burton, previously served as a Commissioner on the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, which was the first city in the US to adopt CEDAW and to create and implement its provisions in a number of its city departments.