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United States Is One Of Eight Nations In The World Not To Sign International Treaty For Rights Of Women

As of March 2007, intensive face moisturizing lotion 185 nations had signed the international “Treaty for the Rights of Women”, intensive face moisturizing lotion leaving the United States as one of eight nations in the world and the only industrialized nation that hasn’t signed it.

The only other nations that haven’t yet signed it are Sudan, intensive face moisturizing lotion Somalia, intensive face moisturizing lotion Qatar, intensive face moisturizing lotion Iran, intensive face moisturizing lotion Nauru, intensive face moisturizing lotion Palau and Tonga.

The formal name for the treaty is “Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women” (CEDAW).

In February of this year the Bush administration indicated that it was “not pressing for ratification at this time.”

About the treaty Human rights organizations call the Treaty “the most complete international agreement on basic rights for women”.

It puts forth the view that human rights for women should be universal across all cultures, intensive face moisturizing lotion nations and religions, intensive face moisturizing lotion and thus it is often described as an “international bill of rights for women”.

In that respect it is very similar to the U.S. Intensive face moisturizing lotion Declaration of Independence, intensive face moisturizing lotion except that it applies specifically to women. Intensive face moisturizing lotion It specifically addresses the following areas:

Legal right to not be discriminated against

The convention defines discrimination against women as:

… any distinction, intensive face moisturizing lotion exclusion or restriction made on the basis of sex which has the effect or purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, intensive face moisturizing lotion enjoyment or exercise by women, intensive face moisturizing lotion irrespective of their marital status, intensive face moisturizing lotion on a basis of equality of men and women, intensive face moisturizing lotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, intensive face moisturizing lotion economic, intensive face moisturizing lotion social, intensive face moisturizing lotion cultural, intensive face moisturizing lotion civil or any other field.

Therefore, intensive face moisturizing lotion nations that sign the treaty commit to the principle of gender equality in their legal system by abolishing discriminatory laws and establishing laws that prohibit discrimination against women. Intensive face moisturizing lotion Paramount among the legal rights that the treaty addresses are the rights to vote and hold office, intensive face moisturizing lotion to own and inherit property and otherwise be free of economic discrimination, intensive face moisturizing lotion and to obtain an education.

Reproductive rights

The preamble to the document states that “the role of women in procreation should not be a basis for discrimination.” It proclaims adequate maternal health care and child care as essential human rights. Intensive face moisturizing lotion It is the only human rights treaty that addresses family planning issues, intensive face moisturizing lotion proclaiming that participating nations:

are obliged to include advice on family planning in the education process and to develop family codes that guarantee women's rights "to decide freely and responsibly on the number and spacing of their children and to have access to the information, intensive face moisturizing lotion education and means to enable them to exercise these rights".

Protection against violence and sexual exploitation

The treaty strives to prevent violence against women and girls, intensive face moisturizing lotion domestic or otherwise, intensive face moisturizing lotion including the widespread cultural practice of genital mutilation. Intensive face moisturizing lotion It requires participating nations to take steps to eliminate the sexual exploitation of women:

States Parties shall take all appropriate measures, intensive face moisturizing lotion including legislation, intensive face moisturizing lotion to suppress all forms of traffic in women and exploitation of prostitution of women.

Yet, intensive face moisturizing lotion at the same time it encourages the decriminalization of the act of prostitution, intensive face moisturizing lotion which enables prostitutes to come forward to expose their exploitation without having to fear imprisonment for doing so.

Today’s international status of women and girls with respect to violence, intensive face moisturizing lotion health and education Violence and health

Amnesty International has disseminated many statistics on violence against women and health problems specific to women:

Internationally, intensive face moisturizing lotion approximately one third of all women are exposed to violence during their life, intensive face moisturizing lotion and approximately one fifth are raped.

In the United States, intensive face moisturizing lotion approximately 350, intensive face moisturizing lotion000 women are raped each year.

Rape is frequently used as a weapon of war.

Much of the violence against women is attributable to the lack of law enforcement against these crimes.

For example, intensive face moisturizing lotion in most countries in the world marital rape is not even recognized as a crime, intensive face moisturizing lotion and the practice of forced marriages forces many women into violent domestic situations.

In today’s world, intensive face moisturizing lotion approximately 60 million women or girls are “missing” because of sex selective abortions or inadequate medical care due to the widespread cultural attitude that women and girls are less important than men and boys.

Approximately 135 million women have undergone forced genital mutilation. Intensive face moisturizing lotion Millions of women are victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation, intensive face moisturizing lotion but these issues are often off of society’s radar screen.

Education

Lack of education due to sex discrimination has been reduced in recent years, intensive face moisturizing lotion though it is still a major problem.

Thirty years ago girls constituted 38% of primary school enrollments in low income countries, intensive face moisturizing lotion and that rose to 48% by 2005.

Between 1999 and 2004 the world-wide number of children not in school declined from 100 million to 77 million. Intensive face moisturizing lotion By 2005, intensive face moisturizing lotion the percentage of children not in school who were girls had declined to 57%.

Why it’s important that the United States sign the treaty First and foremost it’s important that the United States sign and ratify the treaty because it is a moral imperative.

Failure of the United States to participate in the Convention sends out the message that we don’t care that much about human rights for women, intensive face moisturizing lotion thereby impairing our ability to influence other countries to improve their human rights records and reducing the chances for the success of the Convention.

Amnesty International talks about how the Treaty has improved the lot of women throughout the world so far:

Women around the world have used the Treaty to achieve important reforms in their country that reduce violence and discrimination.

Measures have been taken against sex slavery, intensive face moisturizing lotion domestic violence and trafficking of women; millions of girls are now receiving primary education that were previously denied access; women's health care services have improved, intensive face moisturizing lotion saving lives during pregnancy and childbirth; and millions of women have secured essential loans and the basic right to own or inherit property.

Treaty ratification commits nations to take concrete action to improve the status of women and to reverse discrimination and end violence against women in their own country and around the world.

Furthermore, intensive face moisturizing lotion enhancing the rights and the status of women is one of the best, intensive face moisturizing lotion if not THE best way to control world-wide population growth, intensive face moisturizing lotion which poses a great threat to our planet.

The reason for this does not primarily relate to abortion rights – in fact, intensive face moisturizing lotion enhancing the education and status of women tends to lead to a decrease in abortion.

Increasing the education rates of girls causes them to reduce their out-of-marriage pregnancy rates and to get married later in life; that in turn substantially decreases birth rates and leads to healthier babies as well; it also leads to more women entering the workforce, intensive face moisturizing lotion leading to greater national economic productivity and less poverty and disease, intensive face moisturizing lotion thereby increasing the education rates of future generations and leading to a self-enforcing cycle of education, intensive face moisturizing lotion economic growth, intensive face moisturizing lotion fewer but healthier children, intensive face moisturizing lotion an overall substantial reduction in population growth, intensive face moisturizing lotion lowered worldwide consumption of resources, intensive face moisturizing lotion more food per population and better living standards, intensive face moisturizing lotion less global warming and other pollution of our environment, intensive face moisturizing lotion and therefore an enhanced capability for avoiding worldwide catastrophe. What we can do You can use the information and tools provided here to call or write to urge your Senator, intensive face moisturizing lotion pResident Bush or Secretary of State Rice to support the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Intensive face moisturizing lotion And, intensive face moisturizing lotion you can join a delegation or apply to lead a delegation to meet at your Senator’s office to discuss this issue.