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Globally Working Toward Equality for Women. CEDAW The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women . adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women.

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Globally working toward equality for women

Globally Working Toward Equality for Women


Cedaw the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women

CEDAW The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

adopted in 1979 by the

United Nations General Assembly,

is often described as an

international bill of rights for women.


CEDAW is a landmark international agreement that affirms principles of fundamental human rights and equality for women around the world.

CEDAW is a practical blueprint for each country to achieve progress for women and girls.


CEDAW can make a difference for women and girls, specifically to:

  • Reduce sex trafficking & domestic violence

  • Provide access to education & vocational training

  • Ensure the right to vote

  • End forced marriage & child marriage & ensure inheritance rights

  • Help mothers and families by providing access to maternal health care

  • Ensure the right to work & own a business without discrimination


The CEDAW agreement was adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly and entered into force in 1981.

Almost all countries have ratified CEDAW - 187 out of 193 countries. (As of Sept 2011)


  • Only six have not Nations General Assembly and entered into force in 1981ratified

  • United States,

  • Sudan,

  • Somalia,

  • Iran,

  • and two small Pacific Island nations (Palau and Tonga).


  • 67 votes Nations General Assembly and entered into force in 1981needed for the U.S. Senate to ratify CEDAW.

  • Over 150 organizations -- representing millions of Americans -- that support the US ratification of CEDAW.


American women enjoy Nations General Assembly and entered into force in 1981

opportunities and status

not available to most of the world’s women

but more is needed


  • Domestic violence Nations General Assembly and entered into force in 1981: the landmark Violence Against Women Act, has done much to prevent domestic violence and meet the needs of victims, yet two million women a year report injuries from current or former partners in the United States.

  • Maternal health: the United States ranks 41st among a ranking of 184 countries on maternal deaths during pregnancy and childbirth, below all other industrialized nations and a number of developing countries.

  • Economic security: U.S. women continue to lag behind men in income, earning on average only 78 cents for every dollar that a man makes.

  • Human trafficking: the Trafficking Victims Protection Act has played a pivotal role in combating human trafficking. However, estimates suggest that there may be 20,000 women, men and children trafficked into the U.S. each year.


Ratification of CEDAW Nations General Assembly and entered into force in 1981

would provide a catalyst for the U.S.

to examine areas of persistent

discrimination against women

and develop strategies for solutions.


On September 19, 2011, Secretary Clinton, Nations General Assembly and entered into force in 1981

along with other women world leaders signed

a petition urging the US to ratify


November Nations General Assembly and entered into force in 19812010

For the first time in eight years,

the Senate began conducting hearings

about U.S. ratification of CEDAW


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