Senate Hearing on CEDAW November 18, 2010!


Senator Durbin (D-Ill), chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law,  will be holding a hearing on national ratification of CEDAW on Thursday, November 18, 2010.

As you know, the United States is but one of the only a handful of member states that has not ratified this
international bill of rights for women. Then-President Jimmy Carter signed the treaty in 1979, but it has languished in the Senate unratified ever since. Meanwhile, 186 countries, including Afghanistan, North Korea, and Iraq, have signed onto CEDAW.

In 1998, San Francisco became the first and only city in the world to have a local CEDAW Ordinance, and it has brought about great progress for women and girls here. If you or any colleagues will be in Washington, DC that day, we would appreciate it if you could attend the hearing (see attachment for details). We want to show that there
is strong public support for CEDAW. I've posted information below from the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights about actions individuals and organizations can take surrounding this hearing.

The San Francisco Department on the Status of Women Releases 10-Year Report on CEDAW Implementation in San Francisco Just as there is movement on the national CEDAW front, the Department has released a report highlighting the tremendous success of CEDAW in San Francisco over the past 10 years of local implementation, Human Rights in Action: San Francisco's Local Implementation of the United Nations Women's
Treaty. Click to view the San Francisco CEDAW Report.

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