Federal Legislation
March 1, 2011

H. Res. 20—“Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Senate should ratify the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).”

Action Requested:
HSLDA urges you to call or write your U.S. representatives and urge them to oppose H. Res. 20.

Summary:
This resolution is designed to urge the Senate to pass the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women often referred to as CEDAW (pronounced see-daw). Passage would demonstrate that the U.S. House firmly supports CEDAW.

Status:

1/5/2011Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs
3/1/2011Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights

Sponsor: Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey (CA-6)

Bill Summary and Status H.J.Res. 20

HSLDA’s Position:
Oppose.

Background:
CEDAW is a U.N. treaty signed by President Carter but never ratified by the U.S. Senate. The treaty calls on its signers to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women. If the Senate ratified this treaty, it and a U.N. committee’s directives would become the supreme law of the land due to the supremacy clause in our Constitution. HSLDA is concerned about giving the U.N. that much power over our daily lives; especially since the U.N. committee’s directives have included trying to eliminate the traditional roles of men and women, including seeing women as mothers and teaching an understanding of a traditional family to children. HSLDA deems this treaty as very harmful and dangerous to homeschooling.

For more information, please see the following links.

 Other Resources

“CEDAW and Homeschooling Families”

“CEDAW and the International Threat to Homeschool Freedom”

The Heritage Foundation: “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights: U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)”

Concerned Women for America: “Why the U.S. Has Not—and Should Not—Ratify CEDAW ”

Concerned Women for America: “CEDAW Harms Families ”