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  • New Year, Same Commissions and Committees at the U.N.

    February marks the beginning of the season of commission meetings at the United Nations in New York, where the Commission for Social Development wrapped up last week and the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is just beginning.

    Delegates to the Commission for Social Development discussed the lofty goal of poverty eradication as their priority theme and debated the effectiveness of social protection schemes in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The CSW, typically a forum for international feminist frenzy, is poised to discuss the priority theme of “access and participation of women and girls in education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work.” The U.S. delegation to CSW this year includes actress Geena Davis, Google’s Megan Smith, and Melanne Verveer, the new Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues.

    Meanwhile, the year’s first meetings of several committees began in Geneva, where the “experts” who sit on various treaty monitoring bodies reviewed several countries’ compliance with some of the U.N.’s human rights treaties. These included meetings of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women—the treaty body that focuses on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)—which concluded its 48th session in Geneva with its review of Bangladesh, Belarus, Israel, Kenya, Lichtenstein, South Africa, and Sri Lanka.

    After each submitting reports to the committee, delegations from these seven countries answered questions from committee members and received heavy-handed recommendations on how to better fulfill their obligations under CEDAW. This session was no different from the CEDAW committee’s usual fare, with recommendations urging countries to decriminalize abortion (Kenya), expand legal protections for same-sex couples (Sri Lanka), increase access to affordable family planning and contraceptive services (Bangladesh), and combat traditional gender stereotypes (Belarus). Each meeting of the CEDAW committee continues to provide additional illustrations of why the U.S. should steer clear of ratifying CEDAW.

    U.S. advocates of the controversial CEDAW treaty have spent decades claiming that women are underrepresented in certain academic and professional fields as a result of gender discrimination and have successfully lobbied for a slew of legal and policy remedies (including Title IX programs) to their much hyperbolized grievances. Finally, a recent paper in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences evaluated 20 years worth of data and concluded that women are, in fact, treated equally—if not better—when interviewing for a job, receiving funding, or publishing papers in the United States.

    There is some speculation that the Obama Administration will push for the Senate to ratify CEDAW this year. One hopes that reason and evidence prevail and that the U.S. Senate maintains its opposition to making the U.S. a party to CEDAW.

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    5 Responses to New Year, Same Commissions and Committees at the U.N.

    1. Bobbie says:

      Being a woman, I see no benefit in womens organizations of today. If Geena Davis wants to do charity work then do it. But when I see women acting like classless idiots, mocking the strength and defaming the integrity of other women who didn't need these organizations, tells me these organizations are sending a worthless message. There are laws on the books to protect women from discrimination, abuse and so on. All it takes is accountability and law enforcement in this country. It's not proper to influence personal views when it comes to moral issues regarding human life and the woman's ability to carry In any country.

      women are underrepresented? By whose standards? special interests? In what way? The last thing a good woman wants is being represented by somebody or some organization other then who she, herself is. No tax dollar funding in any organizations please. If any organization is that beneficial the women who benefit can foot the bill. Otherwise it is discriminating against the tax payer.

    2. Bobbie says:

      Globally, women should have the freedom to represent themselves but with uncivil and intolerant leaderships of women, it is more dangerous than good which makes this organization CEDAW, misleading and appears to be smoke and mirror…

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    4. Leon Lundquist, Dura says:

      Have you noticed that Progressive control schemes all begin with the fixing of problems that don't really exist! The United States had the best Health Care System in the world! The Dummycrats had to 'fix it!' Same thing here! The study says women are treated better than men, but we have to "fix this terrible problem!" What is really going on is subverting American Sovereignty with Treaties. That is only a way to get Americans to give up their self determination. It will wind up with a worse problem than the idiots tried to 'solve!' But my point is it is not about women, it is not about fair treatment. This is about World Governance by the likes of the United Nations! Nothing is more corrupt!

      Every time the Obama Administration comes around with candy there are horrific, even diabolical strings attached! I'd say get out of the UN entirely! And save money! You can't trust Obama with Treaty making! He serves the Foreign Interest almost exclusively!

    5. Missouri says:

      The U.N. is a total and complete waste, in money and the time those mindless idiots spend talking, talking. I agree that they have the goal of World Governance. In the meantime, we just keep giving them money fresh off the press or borrowed from China. Maybe I misspoke, maybe we are the mindless idiots for allowing this to continue. How do we stop it? I will volunteer to help.

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