Rights & Reservations: Realizing CEDAW

WLP Morocco/ADFM's Memorandum to the Consultative Commission for the Constitutional Reform, Morocco

May 19, 2011

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Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM) presented the following memorandum to the Consultative Commission for Constitutional Reform in Morocco to advocate for constitutional reforms in support of women's full equality in society.

                  

 

 

Appeal to US on CEDAW from Brazil

November 18, 2010

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CEDAW is the only international convention that is oriented towards women, more than half of the humanity who still faces, in all countries, independently of culture, religion, race, ethnicity, the burden of a universal cultural heritage of gender inequality reflected, in some countries, in laws, in others still present in cultural patterns in spite of advancements in the legal frame. Violence against women, widespread and brutal, is still present in all countries, and only in 1993 it was recognized as a human rights violation at the UN Human Rights Conference on Human Rights.

Appeal to US on CEDAW

November 17, 2010

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The United Nations General Assembly approved CEDAW in 1979, the same year that Islamic fundamentalists took power in my home country of Iran. Their first act was to nullify family laws that had given women some basic human rights, so it was no accident that the first uprising against the new regime one month later was led by women. Nor is it any accident that no group has been as vocal or as vital as women in the 30 years of resistance to Iran’s repressive and fundamentalist regime.

Appeal to US on CEDAW from Lebanon

November 17, 2010

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Since the United Nations General Assembly approved CEDAW in 1979, 18 out of 21 Arab states have ratified it, Egypt being the first in 1981 and Oman the last in 2006. It took several MENAG countries more than 20 years to sign and ratify CEDAW and not without expressing reservations thus undermining the essence of this Convention which remains the only treaty to focus exclusively on the rights of women. These reservations in fact reflected an institutional mindset which rejected the idea of "equality between women and men" and ignored the concept of inclusive citizenship. In doing so, Arab states reaffirmed that women will remain second class subordinate citizens.

Appeal to US on CEDAW from Nicaragua

November 17, 2010

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The United States could be an historical leader in defending human rights around the world. Now, after 31 years of CEDAW’s existence, the U.S has an opportunity to lead the way to equality, accompanied by numerous international activists, who have fought endlessly to create a world, equal for everyone. The advances we have seen in the matter of human rights for Woman are impressive, but they are not fast enough. The U.S ratification of CEDAW will represent a milestone and will encourage the promotion and protection of human rights for all.

Appeal to US on CEDAW from Afghanistan

November 17, 2010

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Afghanistan ratified CEDAW in 2003. With that decision, a variety of laws and institutions have been put into place to help ensure that women's basic human rights are protected and promoted. While the continued instability, violence, as well as cultural and religious traditions of Afghan society, pose significant challenges, there is a growing recognition and acceptance of women's basic human rights and the ratification of CEDAW has greatly helped in this area.

Appeal to US on CEDAW from Pakistan

November 17, 2010

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Honorable Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the United States of America

Good Morning,

We would like to make a short submission before you in the interest of women around the world. Please consider it sympathetically.

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WLP engages in a wide range of advocacy and networking activities in order to raise awareness about women's human rights issues, influence policymakers and public opinion, and increase the visibility and impact of our work for gender equality. Our unique grassroots-driven model builds upon domestic country analysis, regional solidarity, and international visibility.

Rights & Reservations: Realizing CEDAW

Eliminating Discrimination against Women in the Arab Region

Appeal to all Arab Governments for the Withdrawal of Reservations and the Ratification of the Optional Protocol to CEDAW

Equality Without Reservation!

June 23, 2009

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The final communiqué issued by the conference conveners emphasized the necessity to step up campaign activities in all Arab countries, target major state and non-state institutions, strengthen alliance-building within and beyond the region, and invest in further media work and building capacities. Continued collective action, regional and global alliance-building, as well as relentless campaigning, were identified as key strategies for success.

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