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PRESS RELEASEJuly 25, 2002

Further reading about CEDAW may be found in our Quick Topics Section under CEDAW.

CEDAW Doesn't Like Mothers . . . Do Senators? 


Senator Joe Biden again postponed the Foreign Relations Committee vote on CEDAW. The vote has now been moved to Tuesday, July 30. Keep calling your Senators!
Capitol Switchboard:
(202) 224-3121
WASHINGTON, D.C. — "The United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women is actually a misnomer, not to mention a mouth-full to say. It should simply be called the Anti-Mothers Treaty," said Lori Waters, Executive Director of Eagle Forum.

"CEDAW is not about equality for women; it is about craven kowtowing to the radical feminists and their extremist agenda. Even though the U.S. rejected the Equal Rights Amendment twenty years ago, the feminists are engaging in international mischief while still trying to force us to cave in to their demands.

"One of the most offensive sections of CEDAW is Article 17, which creates a committee of 23 'experts' to monitor compliance. What would CEDAW's experts target to change in the U.S.? No restrictions on abortion; decriminalize prostitution; abolish Mother's Day; enact quotas and affirmative action; government-paid global village daycare; and well, of course, change the U.S. Constitution. We know this because these so-called experts have already made such suggestions to the countries that were rash enough to ratify CEDAW.

"In January 2002, Uruguay was blasted by the experts for its laws against abortion, which were described as an 'affront to the dignity of women' and a 'violation of women's most basic rights.' In 1999, the Committee questioned Ireland officials about changing the country's laws that protect the life of unborn children.

"Achieving equality for women in Belarus was problematic because of 'the fulfillment of [women's] maternal and childrearing functions' and 'the traditional perception of women primarily as mothers and housewives.' The committee of experts expressed concern about the 'prevalence of sex-role stereotypes and by the reintroduction of such symbols as a Mothers' Day and a Mothers' Award.'

"In 1999, the experts cited that in China 'prostitution was illegal . . . it was essential to decriminalize that practice for women.' They also recommended for the 'Government to take care of the prostitutes' sexual health.'

"In 2002, the experts questioned Belgium officials about the failures to achieve election system quotas. They responded that progress was being made despite resistance from political parties and that a new law will reserve 50 percent of the candidate slots for women.

"In 1999, one expert responded to Ireland's report that 'she was a bit disturbed by a line in the report which stated that childcare was primarily the responsibility of parents. It was clear that Government also had to contribute and play its part.'

"Despite some praise for Denmark in 2002, the experts said that the 'Denmark Constitution contained no specific provision on discrimination against women . . . It was important to fully integrate the country's domestic legislation with the Convention. . . . gaps still remain, and such integration could help to address them.'

"CEDAW would be a massive interference with U.S. laws and with our federal-state balance of powers. It would clearly diminish the rights and benefits American women now enjoy, as well as give extraordinary powers over U.S. laws to busybody global bureaucrats.

"CEDAW is a blatant affront to the dignity of American women and mothers. Every U.S. Senator should oppose ratification based on its unlimited capacity for legal mischief, not to mention the scolding they would incur from their mothers for abolishing Mother's Day," concluded Waters.

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