UNITED NATIONS, Jan 18 (LifeSiteNews) – Yesterday the 22nd session of the Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) convened to complete its session by Feb., 4.  The Committee will review the compliance reports of eight State parties to the Convention on the   Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.  The countries reporting include India, Myanmar; Jordan; the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burkina Faso, Belarus,  Luxembourg, and Germany.

Angela King, Assistant Secretary- General and Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women informed the group yesterday that 24 of the 165 countries which have become party to the Convention have “indicated by signature that they were considering ratifying or acceding to the Optional Protocol” to CEDAW. The Protocol would legally bind countries to uphold CEDAW in every detail, which would include upholding the “reproductive rights of women” (including abortion), and would also include targeting any “culture and tradition” which stands in the way of this militant agenda.

The Optional Protocol will enter into force three months after 10 state parties to the Convention have ratified or acceded to it, putting CEDAW on par with other conventions such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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See yesterday’s report from the UN click here.