The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women: A Leading Example of What’s Wrong with International Law

April 23, 2003

Melana Zyla Vickers

Much political hay is made of the fact that the United States has not become party to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, or CEDAW. Yet the list of CEDAW states parties often reads more like a most-wanted list of international violators of women’s rights than of protectors of women’s rights. This discrediting fact, among many others discussed herein, explains why the U.S. is exactly correct to withhold its imprimatur from such a treaty.

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women: A Leading Example of What’s Wrong with International Law