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He Has the Whole
World in His Hands:

By Anne Mimi Sammis

What is the UN Commission on the Status of Women?


The UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) was established as a functional commission of the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council by Council resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946 to prepare recommendations and reports to the Council on promoting women's rights in political, economic, civil, social and educational fields. The Commission also makes recommendations to the Council on urgent problems requiring immediate attention in the field of women's rights. The object of the Commission is to promote implementation of the principle that men and women shall have equal rights.

What is the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women?
(4/19/2006) The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is the most comprehensive international treaty addressing women’s human rights.  CEDAW seeks to promote the well-being of women and girls by establishing internationally recognized human rights standards in the areas of political, economic, social, cultural, and family life.  The establishment of minimum standards for women’s human rights enables women to advocate for an end to discriminatory practices.