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  • Women's Treaty Still Threatens American Rights and Values

    This week the 49th Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women is meeting at the U.N. to review how Costa Rica, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Italy, Nepal, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, and Zambia have complied with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against … More

    At U.N., Feminists Unveil Plans to Radicalize Children

    March 8, 2011, marked the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, which the U.N. commemorated following its annual meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The U.S. State Department spared few bells and whistles in its celebration of this milestone. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton penned an … More

    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 … More

    Missing the Point on Human Rights

    The Norwegian Nobel Committee held its annual awards ceremony last week in Oslo, where it intended to award the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to Chinese intellectual and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo “for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” Still imprisoned, Liu was prevented from … More

    Misguided Children’s Advocates Make Mischief at the UN

    As American children spent last weekend trick-or-treating, many bringing home donations for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) along with their hauls of candy, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice congratulated the organization’s 60-year Halloween fundraising campaign. Parents who were worried about how much sugar their little ones consumed would surely be … More

    More of the Same: Millennium Development Review Summit Focuses on Increasing Aid and "Empowering" Women

    Heads of state and global leaders gathered at the U.N. this week to bemoan a lack of progress on meeting many of the targets for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) originally outlined in 2000. With the notable exception of President Obama, those speaking at the summit generally ignored the evidence … More

    Failing to Deliver on Maternal Health

    Last week thousands of women (and more than a few men, too) attended the Women Deliver 2010 conference on reproductive and maternal health in Washington, D.C. The Women Deliver conference organizers were supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UNAIDS, UNICEF, and the United States Agency for International Development … More

    From the UN: A Gender Super-Agency on Its Way?

    As the season of human rights meetings progresses at the United Nations, support for the proposed new entity dedicated to gender issues has been building, despite the fact that, to date, it has no leader, no funds, and an expansive mission statement that promises additional bureaucracy and no real benefit … More