|Federal Legislation||June 26, 2002|
UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) — A United Nations Treaty
At this time, we urge all HSLDA members to contact the majority leader of the Senate, Tom Daschle of South Dakota, and the Senate minority leader, Trent Lott of Mississippi, and tell them that CEDAW should not be considered for ratification. We also urge everyone to call their Senators and urge them not to ratify CEDAW. Our sources on Capitol Hill tell us that many Senators are on the fence about CEDAW. We need to convince them how dangerous this treaty really is.
To contact Senator Daschle, Lott and your Senators, you may access their number at www.hslda.org/toolbox, or contact the Capitol Switchboard at 202-225-3121.
The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was signed by the Carter Administration in 1980. It is a dangerous treaty mainly because it grants the United Nations power over United States domestic policy. This Convention attempts to break down natural jurisdictional distinctions between the individual, the family and the state. If approved, this treaty would allow the UN to define the meaning of discrimination. Having women at home as unpaid home schooling moms could be considered as discriminatory.
This treaty wrongly advances the government into the most private of family and education decisions. HSLDA opposes CEDAW for numerous reasons, including the following. For more detailed information from HSLDA, see Other resources. 1) Home and private schools would be required to eliminate UN-perceived stereotyping of women in both textbooks and practices; and 2) Unelected international bureaucrats, not elected American officials, would decide issues of family policy. Many HSLDA members would also be concerned to know that: 1) Abortion could be protected by this treaty; 2) Women could not be prohibited from serving in combat; and 3) Churches could be forced to have women pastors and elders.
| Other Resources|
Keeping an Eye on CEDAW 9/12/2002
CEDAW Vote Postponed7/19/2002
Urgent CEDAW Update 7/18/2002
Committee Vote on U.N. Women's Treaty 7/17/2002