CEDAW defines discrimination and gives states a plan of action to ensure that the rights of women are equal to men. So far, 169 countries have ratified CEDAW, pledging to give women equal rights in all aspects of their lives including political, health, educational, social and legal. The United States is among the 22 countries that have yet to ratify the treaty - keeping company with such notorious women’s rights abusers as the Taliban’s Afghanistan, Monaco and Sudan.
In other Congressional news, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution voted 8-3 yesterday to mark up the so-called partial abortion ban. The Judiciary Committee will consider the bill that aims to outlaw a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal medical procedure next Wednesday, and full floor consideration could follow at any time after that.
Meanwhile, the Senate Finance Committee approved legislation to extend prenatal care to
low-income pregnant women through the State Children's Health Insurance
Program (SCHIP). An anti-choice amendment filed by Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Don Nickles (R-OK) to codify the Bush Administration's controversial regulations making the “unborn child” - rather than the pregnant women - the SCHIP client, was not offered. With a strong showing from the pro-choice side, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on two reproductive-rights-related issues – refusal clauses and parental consent for family-planning services.
7/2/2015 National Portrait Gallery Honors Dolores Huerta - Feminist Majority Foundation board member and lifelong feminist activist Dolores Huerta was honored by the National Portrait Gallery last night as the first Latina person to have a featured exhibition at the museum.
Huerta is an active defender of civil rights, farm workers' rights, women's rights, and immigrant rights, and has been for over five decades. . . .
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. . . .