Thursday, May 27, 2010

Should the U.S. Ratify CEDAW?

United States The United States has signed but not yet ratified the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).  Last year, the U.S. State Department included CEDAW as the only human rights treaty on its Treaty Priority List.

The Illinois State Bar Association (a voluntary association of lawyers and law students in Illinois) will consider two questions this year:

1.  Should the ISBA take a position on CEDAW?
2.  If yes, what should that position be?

A draft resolution and report is about to be circulated to ISBA Section Councils and Committees for their comments.  We welcome your comments on it as well (contact information is contained in the document.  There may very well be a 1.5 version of the document before the ISBA Assembly votes on this issue in December 2010.  Comments on the draft resolution are requested by October 1, 2010.

Download CEDAW Resolution (Version 1.4)

Mark E. Wojcik and Cindy Buys

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