The Convention On The Elimination Of All Forms Of Discrimination Against Women

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Nasser Al-Shahhi Professor Koss ENG 121 December 4, 2014 Gender Equality The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (or CEDAW for short) is, in general, regarded as a “bill of rights” for women. “The United Nations has encouraged states to recognize women 's rights, most importantly through the CEDAW, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979” (Inglehart and Pippa 7). It aims at creating a number of acts that will ensure gender equality and protect women from all forms of discrimination. CEDAW is ratified by over 180 countries. The bill consists of a opening which includes 30 articles addressing the issues of discrimination against women. Being an international human rights treaty, it targets a number of issues, which may involve gender discrimination. According to the convention, policies have to be framed to prevent sex discrimination, to secure equal pay, maternity, and reproductive rights, and to increase opportunities for women in the workforce, education, and society as a whole (Inglehart and Pippa 7). The U.S government has refused the approval of this agreement over the years. It is my belief that the basis of the opposition is not strong enough to be considered and that the U.S must accept the agreement for the benefit of the nation and to show its global stand in promoting gender equality. Significance of CEDAW and legislative adjustments When a state commits to the conventions of CEDAW, there are certain
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