In celebration of the upcoming Women’s History Month, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) called on the U.S. to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). “As we celebrate the many accomplishments of American women and work for full equality at home, we must never forget the women around the world still struggling for basic human rights,” said Boxer. As the only woman on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Boxer has been a staunch supporter of CEDAW.
CEDAW is the first international treaty to comprehensively address women's rights within political, cultural, economic, social, and family life. Among its many provisions, the convention guarantees women equal rights to work, pay, benefits and safe working conditions. It also prohibits discrimination against women in political activities and requires a minimum age for marriage. Since the treaty was passed by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 18, 1979, it has been ratified by 168 nations. Of the small number of countries that have not ratified CEDAW, including Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, and the Sudan, the United States remains the only industrialized democracy in the world that has not signed onto the treaty.
10/29/2014 North Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Abortion Restrictions - The North Dakota Supreme Court yesterday upheld a set of misguided restrictions on medication abortion, allowing what is effectively a ban on early, non-surgical abortions in the state to go into effect immediately.
The decision overturned a lower court order finding the law, known as HB 1297, unconstitutional and permanently blocking its enforcement. . . .
10/29/2014 Georgia Court Refuses to Recognize 40K Voter Registrations From Primarily People of Color and Young People - A state court judge on Tuesday refused to order the Georgia Secretary of State to add some 40,000 voters to the voter rolls, potentially disenfranchising thousands of African Americans and other people of color in the state.
Judge Christopher Brasher of the Fulton County Superior Court denied a petition from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCR), the New Georgia Project and the Georgia branch of the NAACP asking the court to force Secretary of State Brian Kemp (R) to process an estimated 40,000 "missing" voter registrations.
More than 100,000 voters were registered by the three groups, but about a third of those registered never made the rolls. . . .