This Mother's Day, let’s honor mothers across the United States by calling on the Senate to finally ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the international treaty dedicated to gender equality. Worldwide, 186 countries have ratified the treaty; the United States is one of only seven countries that have not. The U.S. signed the treaty in 1980, but it has never been ratified by the U.S. Senate.
Ratification of CEDAW would encourage the U.S. to take stronger action on issues such as gender-based and domestic violence, human trafficking, discrimination against women in housing and in the workplace, and could improve access to educational and employment opportunities for women and girls.
Can you believe it? The U.S. is one of only seven countries that hate women—especially moms! The only holdouts are three Islamic states (Iran, Sudan, and Somalia), a few Pacific islands, the Vatican, and . . . the United States.
- Under the auspices of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, many CEDAW committee reports urge countries to remove their prohibitions on prostitution and eventually legitimize it.
- The U.N. criticized the republic of Georgia, for example, for "the prevalence of stereotyped roles of women in Government policies, in the family, in public life based on patterns of behavior and attitudes that overemphasize the role of women as mothers." One country report even criticized the observance of Mother's Day.
- Under CEDAW, even private behavior—such as how couples divide household and childcare chores—is subject to government oversight and modification.
- A report to Croatia finds "the refusal, by some hospitals, to provide abortions on the basis of conscientious objection of doctors...[constitutes] an infringement of women's reproductive rights."
- CEDAW would give the activists and lawyers of NCRW, NOW, and the Feminist Majority the license to sue, reeducate, and resocialize their fellow citizens—opportunities that have eluded them under the Constitution.