CEDAW is a treaty promoted by the United Nations. CEDAW stands for the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women was adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly. Described as an international bill of rights for women, it came into force on 3 September 1981. The United States is the only developed nation that has not ratified the CEDAW.
Treaties are intended to be agreements between countries. In fact, the United Nations’ Charter prohibits the U.N. from intervening “in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any” nation. However, CEDAW is focused on domestic issues, intruding into every aspect of life.
CEDAW a tool for mischief as it promotes feminism and destroy cultures and families and undermines sovereignty of nations.
The treaty intends to hand over Family law, parental rights, religious exercise, education, abortion regulation, employment pay scales, quotas in educational institutions, workplaces and elected offices, homosexuality etc to a committee of 23 U.N. “gender experts” (Feminist).
CEDAW considers militant feminist view to be superior to Hindu, Islamic, Christian, Jewish view on these issues and seek to overcome injustices towards women by mandating sweeping social changes which embody the narrow ideological opinions and social analysis of militant feminism.
CEDAW undermines the dignity of women by devaluing their irreplaceable role within the family and in society as mothers and in other distinctively feminine roles in caring for others.
CEDAW forbids us to recognize – or celebrate – that men and women are fundamentally different. The treaty defines “discrimination” as:
Any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of sex … in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field.
The foundation of a healthy society is strong families, individual morality and freedom. CEDAW and its Committee view all these as hindrances to women achieving equality. The CEDAW preamble demands that “a change in the traditional role of men as well as the role of women in society and in the family is needed to achieve full equality between men and women.”
Article 5(a) of CEDAW requires that states parties to the treaty will “take all appropriate action” necessary “to modify the social and cultural patterns of conduct of men and women, with a view to achieving the elimination of prejudices and customary and all other practices which are based on the idea of the inferiority or the superiority of either of the sexes or on stereotyped roles for men and women.” (Emphasis added.)
The United Nations charter does not mandate to make changes in customs or religious beliefs. It is not the province of the United Nations either to define roles for men and women in society.
Legitimate rights of sovereign nations to self-determination of cultural and religious beliefs and practices must be protected.
CEDAW not only intrudes further into individual and family rights, but usurps the sovereignty of nations.
Radical feminist platforms embedded in the provisions of CEDAW. Of special note is the call for gender re-education in Article 10(c):
“The elimination of any stereotyped concept of the roles of men and women at all levels and in all forms of education by encouraging co-education and other types of education which will help to achieve this aim and, in particular, by the revision of textbooks and school programs and the adaptation of teaching methods”. (Emphasis added.)
The CEDAW Committee’s demand that Belarus rescind its adoption of Mother’s Day because it was a “stereotype” demonstrates the coercive and manipulative nature in interpreting “any stereotypical concept.”
Many women in India choose to put their family first, staying home to raise their children, care for elderly relatives, and contribute to religious organizations, charities and communities. CEDAW and its Committee consider their work as subservient, not worthy of commendation, and, frankly, deserving to be outlawed.
The feminist demand for abortion to be made universally available is thinly disguised in Article 12:
“States Parties shall take all appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination against women in the field of health care in order to ensure, on a basis of equality of men and women, access to health care services, including those related to family planning”.
Children and teachers are prohibited from recognizing there are fundamental differences between boys and girls and that some roles based purely on sex, such as motherhood, are noble.
Countries that ratify CEDAW agree to revise their textbooks, schools and teaching methods to abide by the treaty. Single-sex schools, in which some children thrive best, could be frowned upon. The CEDAW Committee would determine if textbooks are appropriate or must be changed to fit its interpretation of the treaty.
General Recommendation No. 19 of CEDAW addresses Violence against Women. But research shows women commit domestic violence as often as men.
CEDAW wants to pretend that violent women and abused men simply don’t exist. That does a disservice to men and women alike. Sweeping definitions open the door to heavy-handed state intrusion into private family matters. Hind sight shows that domestic violence programs escalate partner conflict, thwart reconciliation, and openly promote divorce.
The committee of 23 U.N. “gender experts” that enforce compliance with the treaty have made taken the following ridiculous enforcement actions in recent years:-
- Told China to de-criminalize prostitution.
- Criticized Ireland for the role of religion in society.
- Censured Belarus for observing Mother’s Day.
- Criticized Mexico for a “lack of access … to easy and swift abortion.
- Criticized Ireland for the Catholic Church’s influence of attitudes and state policy.
- Told Libya to re-interpret the Koran in the light of CEDAW.
- Derided Slovenia for having only 30 percent of children under age three in formal day-care (revealing the belief that children are better off being raised by strangers than mothers, and that women should not choose to stay at home with their kids).
- Told Romania and Austria to integrate gender studies in schools.
- Reprimanded Belarus for celebrating Mother’s Day.
- Told Armenia to “combat the traditional stereotype of women in the noble role of mother.
- Reprimanded Hong Kong for exempting “‘the affairs of religious denominations or orders’ from the scope of the Convention.
- Criticized Croatia for “the refusal, by some hospitals, to provide abortions on the basis of conscientious objection of doctors. The Committee considers this to be an infringement of women’s reproductive rights.
- Told numerous countries to mandate sex education and provide access to contraception.
- Told Vietnam to “take urgent and wide-ranging measures, including targeted educational programmes, the revision of curricula and textbooks, and mass media campaigns, to overcome traditional stereotypes regarding the role of women and men in the society.
- Told Kyrgyzstan “that lesbianism be reconceptualised as a sexual orientation.
In the name of “rights” for women, CEDAW is destructive of rights basic to every human being and the rights of cultural self-determination of nations. It is designed to destroy families and sureptiously introduce feminism throughout the globe.
Unfortunately India has signed and ratified the treaty.