The ratification of CEDAW would encourage the U.S. to take stronger measures regarding issues such as gender-based and domestic violence, discrimination against women in housing, and access to health, education and employment. CEDAW calls on countries to fight human trafficking and take special measures to end the marginalization of immigrant and indigenous women and women of color. The United States is the only country to have signed but not ratified the treaty. Six other countries have yet to sign the treaty: Iran, Nauru, Palau, Somalia, Sudan and Tonga.
"The Senate should delay no further," said Vania Leveille, ACLU Legislative Counsel. "Congress moves slowly but 30 years is much too long to leave this important business undone. The Senate should act swiftly and definitively to ratify CEDAW."
The ACLU’s testimony can be found here: www.aclu.org/womens-rights/aclu-statement-sjc-subcommittee-human-rights-and-law-hearing-cedaw
For more information on CEDAW, please visit: www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/cedaw.htm