Senate Rejects Ratification of the UN Disabilities Treaty
Today the Senate rejected the ratification of the United Nation's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by a vote of 61 for and 38 against. Because the treaty did not gain two thirds of the Senate or 66 of the 99 Senators voting for approval of the action, the treaty automatically fails. Senator Kirk (R) of Illinois was absent due to illness. The treaty would recognize fundamental human rights for persons living with disabilities on an international level. Currently 124 countries have ratified the treaty, and 154 have signed it including the United States.
The 38 no votes, cast entirely by Republicans, echoes a pledge earlier this year by many conservatives to block any international treaty brought before the Senate during the lame duck session. Only seven Republicans voted in favor of ratification.
Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority, stated "I'm shocked that all Republican Senators except for seven would vote no for rights for persons with disabilities even though the Chamber of Commerce was for the treaty."
Media Resources: C-SPAN 2 12/4/12; United States Senate 12/4/12; Feminist Newswire 11/28/12
1/23/2015 #HeForShe Campaign Launches Pilot Effort Aimed at Institutional Equality - The United Nations' gender equality campaign #HeForShe has launched a new program called IMPACT 10X10X10.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, together with UN Women Executive DirectorPhumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, introduced the one-year pilot effort aimed at encouraging corporations, universities, and governments to play an active role in enhancing women's empowerment and equality in Davos, Switzerland today at the World Economic Forum.
"Women need to be equal participants in our homes, societies, in our governments, and in our workplaces," Watson said.
First introduced in September, HeForShe is a solidarity movement that calls on men and boys to confront gender inequalities that face women and girls globally. . . .