Women and the United Nations - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

Loading...

PPT – Women and the United Nations PowerPoint presentation | free to download - id: 91c5c-YmQ1M



Loading


The Adobe Flash plugin is needed to view this content

Get the plugin now

View by Category
About This Presentation
Title:

Women and the United Nations

Description:

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women ... Discrimination Against Women as a body that can receive complaints by ... – PowerPoint PPT presentation

Number of Views:169
Avg rating:3.0/5.0
Slides: 15
Provided by: alo27
Category:

less

Write a Comment
User Comments (0)
Transcript and Presenter's Notes

Title: Women and the United Nations


1
Women and the United Nations
  • The Struggle for Gender Equity on a Global Scale

2
Table of Contents
  • International treaties generally
  • CEDAW What is it?
  • The Optional Protocol to CEDAW
  • CEDAW case studies
  • U.S. and international treaties
  • The Politics of ratifying CEDAW
  • Why the U.S. has not signed on
  • The lobbying process

3
International Treaties
  • Types of international agreements and their
    parties
  • Self-executing v. non self-executing
  • What does it mean to be a signatory?
  • What does it mean to ratify?
  • What are reservations?

4
CEDAW
  • The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
    Discrimination Against Women
  • The first international treaty addressing the
    rights of women
  • Codifies rights ranging from the guaranteed
    participation in the political process to
    equality in education, and requires state parties
    to promote these rights through implementation on
    the domestic level
  • Establishes the Committee on the Elimination of
    Discrimination Against Women
  • 186 states are party to the Convention
  • The U.S. is not a party. President Carter signed
    the Convention in 1980, but it has not been
    ratified. The U.S. has several reservations.
  • Other countries who have not ratified the
    Convention include Sudan, Somalia, and Iran.

Map Legend Yellow Signatory state Red
Non-Signatory Light Green Signed and
Ratified Dark Green Acceded
5
Optional Protocol to CEDAW
  • States may voluntarily elect to sign onto the
    Optional Protocol, which recognizes the Committee
    on the Discrimination Against Women as a body
    that can receive complaints by individuals or
    groups within its jurisdiction.
  • Article 17 of the Protocol prohibits
    reservations.
  • Only two cases have been formally decided by the
    Committee
  • A Hungarian abuse victim
  • A German woman seeking fairer compensation after
    divorcing her husband- deemed inadmissible

Map Legend Gray Not a party Dark Green State
Party Light Green Signatory States Yellow
States who do not agree with
Articles 8 and 9.
6
Case Study Kuwait
Kuwaiti women waiting to cast their first vote.
(above) Kuwaiti woman voting for the first time.
7
Case Study San Francisco
  • Implemented the provisions of CEDAW on a local
    level

8
How the United States Ratifies International
Treaties
  • Signed by the President
  • Hearings within the Senate Foreign Relations
    Committee
  • Vote within the Senate Foreign Relations
    Committee
  • Treaty moves to Senate floor- must get 67 votes
  • Sitting President must sign the treaty again

9
Reasons for U.S. ratification
  • It will give the U.S. standing in the
    international community to influence other
    ratifying countries to uphold their promise of
    guaranteed womens rights.
  • The U.S. will positively influence womens rights
    throughout the world.
  • It is a powerful symbolic gesture.
  • U.S. would gain membership on the CEDAW
    committee.
  • It would continue the proud tradition of the U.S.
    of ratifying international treaties.
  • The 2008 World Economic Forum Gender Gap Report
    placed the United States 27th in overall gender
    equity.

10
(No Transcript)
11
The Lobby Process
  • In the Beltway
  • Alliances, coalitions, working groups
  • Grassroots
  • Letters, Action Alerts, Social networking,
    Call-ins, Visits, and more!

12
(No Transcript)
13
Questions ? Comments?
14
Contact Information Abigail Long Programs
Coordinator Lauren Whaley Legal Research
Associate 202-546-3950 www.globalsolutions.org
About PowerShow.com