Press Release by Congresswoman Pelosi

Congresswomen Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Calls for Treaty Banning Discrimination against Women

October 27, 1999

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) today joined other Members of Congress in calling upon Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to remove his block on the ratification of the United Nations Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

"CEDAW is essential to advancing the status of women around the world," said Pelosi. "It establishes rights for women in realms never before subject to global standards, such as political participation, legal protections, and access to jobs, education and health care."

More than 160 countries have ratified the treaty, but the United States, to its shame, remains the only highly developed country that has refused to commit itself to basic rights for the women of the world. "Our credibility is on the line," declared Pelosi. "We are undermining our own position of leadership."

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