Foreign Policy - Women's Rights
We must make a strong and urgent call for U.S. passage of CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, which was adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly and ratified by 173 countries. It is also known as the Women's Convention, the Women's Bill of Rights, and an International Bill of Rights for Women. The United States is one of a very few countries and the only industrialized nation that has not ratified it.
The illegal international trafficking in humans, primarily women, has reached staggering numbers and consequences around the world. We need to support the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking In Persons, Especially Women and Children, which supplements the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime adopted by the UN General Assembly in November 2000 as an important tool to facilitate international cooperation. The U.S. and 80 other countries signed the Protocol in December 2000 and by doing so have made a commitment to criminalize trafficking and to protect its many victims. Now we need effective collaborative relationships between sending and receiving countries, including the U.S. We also must call for studies analyzing and connecting the role of globalization in trafficking.
Under the agency of the United Nations, we should demand that our government renew and initiate government funding and support for family planning, contraception, and abortion in all countries that request it.