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Laurie Richardson
UN Liaison
AWA Vienna


FAWCO is a United Nations accredited non-governmental organization (NGO) with special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). FAWCO's representatives in New York, Geneva, Vienna, Athens, Bonn and other cities attend UN meetings on behalf of FAWCO, focusing on issues related to women and children in FAWCO's priority areas: education, environment, health and human rights.

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Women's Rights (CEDAW)

CEDAW is the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. It was adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly and entered into force in 1981.

What does CEDAW do?
Reduce sex trafficking and domestic violence

Provide access to education and vocational training

Ensure the right to vote

End forced marriage and child marriage and ensure inheritance rights

Help mothers and families by providing access to maternal health care

Ensure the right to work and own a business without discrimination

Why has the USA NOT ratified CEDAW?
Almost all countries have ratified CEDAW - 189 out of 195 countries. Only six have not ratified including Sudan, Somalia, Iran, two small Pacific Island nations (Palau and Tonga) and THE UNITED STATES!

FAWCO supports CEDAW and continues to work towards it ratification.

Key Links

UN Women CEDAW Text

UN High Commissioner for recent developments, links to treaty, reports  www.ohchr.org/en/hrbodies/cedaw/pages/cedawindex.aspx

Amnesty International Fact Sheet on CEDAW www.amnestyusa.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/cedaw_fact_sheet.pdf

Organization working for US Senate Ratification 

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