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Eagle Forum Capitol Alert
July 29, 2002

CEDAW Updates may be found in our Quick Topics Section under CEDAW.

CEDAW   
On Tuesday, July 30, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 12 to 7 in favor of ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The treaty now awaits action in the full Senate.

Senators voting in favor of CEDAW:
Biden (D-DE)Sarbanes (D-MD)
Dodd (D-CT)Kerry (D-MA)
Feingold (D-WI)Wellstone (D-MN)
Boxer (D-CA)Torricelli (D-NJ)
Bill Nelson (D-FL)Rockefeller (D-WV)
Gordon Smith (R-OR)Chafee (R-RI)

Please thank the following Senators who voted against CEDAW:
Helms (R-NC)Lugar (R-IN)
Hagel (R-NE)Frist (R-TN)
Allen (R-VA)Brownback (R-KS)
Enzi (R-WY)


We Don't Want to Join the CEDAW Club of Violence 
Keep calling your Senators!
 
Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

NATIONS IN CEDAW'S CLUB ARE AMONG THE WORST OFFENDERS OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN  

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Senators are being told that the United States is out of step because most other countries have ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), a United Nations treaty signed by Jimmy Carter and now being pushed for ratification by Senators Joe Biden (D-DE) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA).

We Don't Want to Join the CEDAW Club of Violence 
The horrid record of violence against women continues despite ratification of CEDAW. Is this "equality"?

  • Pakistan has ratified CEDAW. That's the country where a tribal council ordered a young woman gang-raped to avenge her brother's crime of being seen with an unchaperoned woman from another tribe. Gang rape is common in Pakistan.

  • Nigeria has ratified CEDAW. That's a country where woman may be stoned to death for the crime of adultery regardless of whether the sex was consensual.

  • Saudi Arabia has ratified CEDAW. That's the country where 14 girls died in March when they were locked inside a Mecca school that went up in flames. Religious police kept rescuers from entering the building because some of the girls were not wearing their head coverings.

  • Colombia has ratified CEDAW. That's a country where 35,000 women a year are sold in sex slavery. The numbers for this particular outrage are even higher in India, Nepal and Thailand, which have also ratified CEDAW.

No, American women don't want to be locked into a treaty with those other countries. 
We want to stick with the U.S. Bill of Rights.

We don't want to join the club of nations that have ratified CEDAW. 
Tell your Senators to vote 'NO' on CEDAW

Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121

 
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