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.
7/1/2015 Women's Rights Activists are Suing the Kenyan Government for Reproductive Rights - A woman in Kenya is suing the Kenyan government for failure to provide safe and legal abortions, which caused her daughter - a 15-year-old rape victim - to suffer a kidney failure after undergoing the procedure illegally.
Currently, there are four petitioners on the case: the mother of the survivor, the Federation of Women Lawyers-Kenya, and two other women's rights advocates. . . .
6/30/2015 Supreme Court Ruling Prevents Gerrymandering in Arizona - In a 5-4 decision delivered by Justice Ginsburg this morning, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, allowing the use of independent state commissions that draw federal congressional districts, taking that power away from the state legislature.
This gives states an opportunity to deal with partisan gerrymandering by giving an independent commission power to draw federal congressional districts.
In 2000, Arizona voters amended their constitution, shifting the responsibility of drawing congressional districts, previously held by the state legislature, to a panel called the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. . . .