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[The United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women] La Convention des Nations Unies sur l'Elimination de Toutes les Formes de Discrimination a l'Egard des Femmes
[Unpublished] 1990 Jun. Paper presented at the 5th Annual International Women's Rights Action Watch (IWRAW) Conference: A Decade of the Women's Convention: Where are we? What's next?, Roosevelt Hotel, New York City, Jan. 20-22, 1990. 9 p.The United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women is a necessary document because in spite of all the Conventions and Laws passed since 1945 at the United Nations establishing equality between men and women, women continue to suffer from discrimination. The notion of gender equality predates the UN; in the 19th century such discussions became the basis of the Declaration of Human Rights. The Women's Convention is a judicial instrument that incorporates all previous research and outcomes regarding discrimination towards women. This paper discusses the contents of Articles 2, 6, and 11. Article 2 demands the abolition of those laws, traditions and practices that discriminate against women, and recommends the creation of a judicial system to protect the equality between men and women. Article 6 discusses the role of men and women in marriage and the family. The paper concludes that at all levels, political, economic and social, society is far from practicing the notion of gender equality. Article 11 invites all governments and non-governmental organizations to implement the principles of the Convention. The paper traces the history of political discussions regarding implementation of the Convention and concludes sadly that only a small number of countries have ratified it after 10 years of its adoption at the United Nations.