A recent statement, which was directed to the United Nations by a “selection of major female world leaders including Hilary Clinton, called upon “all States to ratify and fulfill their obligations under the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and to implement fully Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women and Peace and Security and other relevant UN resolutions.”
If you are assuming that the United States is firmly behind this treaty as would be fitting given its ideologies, you would be mistaken. Thirty years ago President Carter sent this treaty to the Senate for ratification. It still has not happened. Why? Because special exemptions have been added to all versions of the treaty. The result is that “in a recent Newsweek list of the best countries in the world for women, the United States ranked eighth overall, but it joined countries near the bottom of the list – Iran (125th), Sudan (156th) – in not being a signatory to CEDAW.”
There are numerous documents, reports and anecdotal information pointing out that in communities (whether it be rural, suburban, city or corporation) in which women have an equal and active role society improves. Women, as Maureen Simon points out in her book, “Awakening The Essential Feminine: Claiming Your Influential Power”, have natural gifts for building relationships, verbal ability and communication that creates connection and harmony. Consider this: “The feminine is highly relational and is interested in points of contact that connect people, allowing for deep exchanges, strong relationship building and communication.” Can the world benefit from these skills?
It is time for us to join with forward thinking and acting governments and to ratify CEDAW. We must reclaim our belief in ourselves.
Guest Blogger — The Essential Feminine Company