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Women's Electoral Politics
UN Women's Watch
Global Gag Rule
Martha Nussbaum
Women's Well-being

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"On 3 September 1981, 30 days after the twentieth member State had ratified it, the Convention entered into force - faster than any previous human rights convention had done - thus bringing to a climax United Nations efforts to codify comprehensively international legal standards for women."

CEDAW is the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women. In very basic terms it Is an international bill of human rights adopted by the United Nations in 1979. One of the basic principles of the United Nations is the continual improvement of womens equality and rights internationally and in 1946 the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was created to start conversations on how the UN can start to tangibly improvement women's equality. Out of this committee CEDAW was created. Currently 185 nations, approximately 90% of all countries part of the United Nations, have signed and ratified the bill. The United States is one of few nations that have signed the bill and never ratified it, so they are not held to the strict standards of improvement that countries that ratify the bill continually try to provide.

When a country ratifies the bill they must adhere to the following standards to constantly improve women's rights:

**to incorporate the principle of equality of men and women in their legal system, abolish all discriminatory laws and adopt appropriate ones prohibiting discrimination against women;

**to establish tribunals and other public institutions to ensure the effective protection of women against discrimination; and

**to ensure elimination of all acts of discrimination against women by persons, organizations or enterprises.


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