Friday, March 23, 2007

CEDAW Comments Released

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women has released comments on the reports of fifteen states parties on their implementation of CEDAW.

Highlights:

Lowlights:

  • The Maldives' prohibition on the election of women to the presidency and vice-presidency
  • India's failure to revise colonial-era legislation to broaden the definition of rape and address child abuse
  • Suriname's discriminatory marriage and inheritance laws

And, lest we forget, one serious lowlight: the United States' failure to ratify CEDAW, let alone subject its gender practices to the scrutiny of the Committee . . .

1 comment:

pchirimar said...

you might find this piece interesting...application of CEDAW by an Indian court:
http://lawandotherthings.blogspot.com/2009/08/housewifes-economic-contribution-to.html