"Interesting statement considering the US still has not ratified CEDAW...
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2010
Statement by the NSC Spokesman Mike Hammer on the Resolution on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women at the U.N. Human Rights Council
The United States welcomes the adoption today by the United Nations Human Rights Council of a resolution addressing the elimination of discrimination against women. Most significantly, this resolution establishes a working group of five independent experts from different regions of the world who will work with governments and civil society to identify and promote steps to eliminate laws and practices that discriminate against women, and to advise governments on how to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women. The United States was proud to co-sponsor this resolution with a group of over 70 other countries, which was led by Colombia and Mexico. We look forward to working closely with the new working group and the international community in seeking an end to discrimination against all women everywhere."
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The resolution to which the United States' National Security Council spokesman referred was adopted last Friday. As described here, via that resolution the U.N. Human Rights Council established a 5-member Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and Practise set to operate for 3 years. Many countries spoke in favor of the plan -- many of them that, unlike the United States, are states parties to CEDAW, the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
Heartfelt thanks for the head's up, Rebecca!