Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women

This Convention is an agreement that explains the rights of women. It is based on the basic rights and freedoms and works for equality between men and women.

Discrimination means to separate women from men and to take away certain rights only because they are women. Governments and countries need to put a stop to any and all discrimination against women. This means taking actions such as making laws to stop everyone from doing this and to protect the women.

The convention calls on Governments or Countries to:

  •  Act to stop the judgements and actions in the community and cultures that affect women in a negative way.  
  • Make sure that people are taught about family, so that people may understand motherhood and the roles men and women play in raising children.
  • Take steps to stop prostitution, the selling of women and taking advantage of women. Any temporary rules that are set in place to try to help the situation in a faster way will not be seen as discrimination
  • Remove unfairness in the workplace, in the right to work, in the chances of getting the same job as someone else, in getting a promotion, in job security, in training, in pay, in safe working conditions and in social security
  • Remove the unfairness in getting a job because of marriage reasons or because of pregnancy or children
  • Erase the possibility of punishment, threats or removal of a job because of pregnancy or the chance of becoming pregnant
  • Consider the problems that women have that live outside of the city and the roles they play in the survival of their families (when it comes to money)
  • Make sure that women are equal in the law, in having the decision to make a contract, to have control over property and to change homes
  • Remove discrimination in marriage and in the family (allowing women to choose when they marry and who they marry and if they want to marry, to have the same rights and responsibilities in marriage and in being a parent, to decide whether she wants children and when she wants them, to choose her name and her career, to equal rights in property and to not be forced into marriage as a child)

Women have the right to:

  • Have political rights and to participate in politics.
  • Vote, run in the election, make an organization that is not from the government, and make policies.
  • Change countries without having to get married to do so
  • Equal and fair education (have the same tools, the same ability to get to school, to programs and anything that would support studies, to sports, to physical education and teachings about planning a family)
  • Equal and fair health care (they can have the same services as everyone else, as well as services for planning a family, pregnancy and services for women after pregnancy also)
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