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ACLU Renews Call for Ratification of International “Bill of Rights” for Women

ACLU @ Common Dreams - November 18 - The American Civil Liberties Union submitted a statement to a Senate hearing today urging ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), an international treaty that affirms principles of fundamental human rights and equality for women around the world.

The hearing, held by Senator Richard Durbin's (D-IL) Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, is the first hearing on CEDAW since 2002. The ACLU commended Senator Durbin for holding today's hearing and strongly encouraged Senator John Kerry (D-MA), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to bring CEDAW to the floor for a vote as soon as possible.

"CEDAW recognizes that women's rights are human rights and our government can no longer put off cementing its commitment to such a basic and fundamental idea," said Laura W. Murphy, Director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. "This treaty promotes the American values of dignity and equality around the world and its ratification is long overdue." Read more.

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