Introduction of H. Res. Xx, Expressing the Sense of the House of Representatives That the Senate Should Ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (Cedaw)by Representative Carolyn B. Maloney
Posted on 2013-01-04
of new york
in the house of representatives
Friday, January 4, 2013
Mrs. CAROLYN B. MALONEY of New York. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to
introduce the sense of the House of Representatives that the Senate
should ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). I am proud to be joined in this
effort by my friend and colleague Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky.
This bipartisan House Resolution urges the Senate to vote to ratify
CEDAW, a landmark international agreement that mandates governments to
take positive steps to ensure the full development and advancement of
women, and their equal enjoyment of human rights, and that they change
or eradicate discriminatory laws, customs, and practices.
Despite 187 countries ratifying CEDAW, we are the only western country in the world that has not ratified the treaty, although its fundamental principles of equality and nondiscrimination are central to our constitutions. Other nations that have not ratified CEDAW include Somalia and Iran.
Most importantly, CEDAW is non-self executing, meaning that any legislation the United States might adopt to comply with the treaty would have to go through the normal congressional process.
Ratification of CEDAW would continue our nation's proud bipartisan tradition of promoting and protecting human rights. The Senate's ratification of CEDAW would strengthen our standing as a global leader for the rights of women and girls.