One intersectional, global and radical approach to championing reproductive rights and overturning patriarchy: Increase rural and Indigenous women’s control of land and natural resources.
The United Nations Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is a human rights treaty and enforcement agency that aims to ensure global gender-based rights in all aspects: social, cultural, economic, political and civil. The treaty has been adopted by every country in the World except six: Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Palau, Tonga and the U.S.
Ms. Global: Historic Kenyan Elections; Malaysia Passes Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill; Germany Introduces Self-Determination Act
The U.S. ranks as the 19th most dangerous country for women, 11th in maternal mortality, 30th in closing the gender pay gap, 75th in women’s political representation, and painfully lacks paid family leave and equal access to health care. But Ms. has always understood: Feminist movements around the world hold answers to some of the U.S.’s most intractable problems. Ms. Global is taking note of feminists worldwide.
This week: news from India, Germany, Malaysia, Iran, and more.
Amid the Russian Invasion, Ukraine Stands up for Gender Equality
In the midst of a bloody war with an invading Russian military, the Ukrainian government took the time to ratify an international treaty to protect women and girls from violence. What does this historic act mean for the future of the Istanbul Convention?
Local Implementation of CEDAW Is at an Inflection Point
Since 1998, dozens of local governments across the U.S. have passed measures implementing the U.N. Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)—most recently, Los Angeles County. the most populous local jurisdiction in the country.
CEDAW has been ratified by every country in the world, except for six: Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Palau, Tonga and the U.S. Although President Carter signed CEDAW in 1980, the Senate has never approved the treaty by a two-thirds vote, as the Constitution. In response to the U.S.’s failure to ratify the treaty, grassroots advocates have focused on passing local measures that embody the key principles of CEDAW.
Wonder Girls: Supi is Fighting for CEDAW in Tonga
“He was enraged. He said I am a naughty, bad girl talking to him in that tone… He said, ‘Women do not matter.’
Half-Full/Half-Empty: What the U.N. Has Done for Women and Girls
Ellen Chesler and Terry McGovern have co-edited a timely and important collection of analytical essays and personal reflections in their new volume, Women and Girls Rising. The volume tries—and largely […]
C’mon, Congress—Isn’t 34 Years Enough Time to Ratify CEDAW?
Known as the “women’s treaty,” the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women—CEDAW—was signed by the United States 34 years ago today. The United Nations had […]
Senate Hearing Reignites Hope For CEDAW and I-VAWA
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), surveying the chamber before her, a room packed with senators, diplomats, feminist leaders, scholars and activists, proudly proclaimed, “I’m looking at an iconic picture here.” At […]
Nelson Mandela and Women’s Rights
South Africa’s monumental leader in the struggle against apartheid, Nelson Mandela, died today at age 95. Not only did he fight against the oppression of black Africans, but he supported […]
What Does Sex Have to Do with World Peace?
Last year, a quiet but powerful book, Sex and World Peace, was published by an interdisciplinary group of researchers and scholars. The authors, Valerie M. Hudson, Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Mary Caprioli […]