CEDAW (the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women)
CEDAW is a landmark international agreement that affirms principles of fundamental human rights and equality for women around the world.
The CEDAW agreement was adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly and entered into force in 1981...that's 37 years ago!
Almost all countries have ratified CEDAW, in fact 187 out of 193 countries have said YES to CEDAW except: Iran, Palau, Sudan, Somalia, Tonga and...The United States of America!
NFBPWC voted during its 2012 biennial conference to draft a resolution and send it to the Senate Committee in charge of moving a bill to the floor for a vote. The resolution:
WHEREAS, the National Federation of Business and Professional Women and Enterprising and Professional Women – USA advocates on issues of importance to working women; promotes personal and professional development; and fosters connections among women, and;
WHEREAS, CEDAW was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and entered into force in 1981, and;
WHEREAS, almost all countries have ratified CEDAW - 187 out of 193 countries. Only six have not ratified including the United States, Sudan, Somalia, Iran, and two small Pacific Island nations (Palau and Tonga), and;
WHEREAS, the American public strongly supports the principles and values of equality, fairness, education, and basic human rights, and;
WHEREAS, CEDAW is a practical blueprint for each country to achieve progress for women and girls, and;
WHEREAS, CEDAW strengthens the United States as a global leader in standing up for women and girls, and it affirms that women’s rights are human rights, and;
WHEREAS, in the United States, the CEDAW treaty has been voted on favourably twice on a bipartisan basis by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but the CEDAW treaty has never been brought to the Senate floor for a vote.
BE IT RESOLVED that the Enterprising and Professional Women –USA supports the ratification of CEDAW and urges the Foreign Relations Committee of the United States Senate to bring the treaty before the United States Senate for a vote.
Adopted June 14, 2012
To download a copy of this resolution, click here:
Cities for CEDAW - the initiative
Inspired by the 1995 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, San Francisco became the first municipality in the world to adopt a local ordinance reflecting the principles of CEDAW (the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women) in 1998. With a focus on health care, employment, economic development, education and violence against women and girls, the San Francisco CEDAW Ordinance uses the UN CEDAW definition of discrimination as the basis for a local law that requires action to prevent discrimination and ensure gender equality in government and in the private sector.
More than ten years later, other US cities including Portland, Oregon and Berkeley, California, as well as the State of Hawaii, have enacted similar initiatives. The United Nations commemoration of “Beijing+20” in 2015 offers an opportunity to learn from these “best practices” and take “Cities for CEDAW” to the national and international levels.
New Information will be added as we receive it. To download the resource kit, click on the following:
For more information, follow these links:
Direct Link to Full 23-Page Publication:
A YouTube video by California’s Lt. Governor:
And one from the Los Angeles Mayor:
Part 1 and Part 2 - Cities for CEDAW from CSW 58
And, a Facebook page to join…