Misconceptions and a Case for US Accountability
Presented by Stephen Thompson
This Institute for Social Change webinar focuses on an issue impacting Global Women’s Rights. Stephen Thompson, a SISGI Group Program and Research Intern presented Ratifying CEDAW: Misconceptions and a Case for U.S. Accountability on April 29, 2011 as part of the ISC Research and Learning Series. This presentation builds on his research and work on the United Nations and Women’s Rights while a Program and Research Intern with the SISGI Group.
The United Nation’s Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was created in the 1980’s and the US is one of only 7 countries to not join in its ratification. Stephen provides information on the history and barriers that have impacted its ratification in the US. He also facilitates a discussion on ways that CEDAW can be used as an advocacy tool and how individuals can work to push for US ratification.
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The accompanying slides are available here.
Stephen Thompson was a SISGI Group Program and Research Intern in Spring 2011 and is a graduate of Drew University with a major in international relations. With a great deal of experience related to the United Nations both from coursework and an internship in the UN Secretariat, Stephen’s research focuses on the international legal system (the International Criminal Court, the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies), women’s and gender equality (Female Genital Mutilation, women’s political participation, LGBT rights), peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations (effectiveness, lessons learned), and the One UN program aimed at enhancing system-wide coherence for UN programs implemented domestically. A future law student, Stephen plans to work to enact systematic changes in the international legal system that will better protect and represent all of the peoples of the world and make justice a universally accessible ideal.
To read additional content written by Stephen read his contributions to the NotEnoughGood.com blog