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Monday, March 07, 2005

IHRC on CEDAW

The Irish Human Rights Commission just released a report on CEDAW (Convention on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women) - I haven't had a chance to read the whole thing yet but as a woman I don't like CEDAW for a number of reasons
- it has been ratified by countries that treat women abominably - China (One Child Policy, forced abortion/sterilisation, etc) Iraq (Saddam the feminist), Saudia Arabia, Congo, Nigeria etc....none of them seem too concerned about its implications - why should we have to change our constitution??? (remember that Irish women have full and equal rights with men…..why do we need it?? )
- Throw away your Mother's Day presents - the CEDAW committee tried to stop Belarus from celebrating Mother's Day (apparently motherhood is one of the stereotypes that CEDAW frowns upon) - they also told us to stop promoting a stereotypical view of mothers in the home
- CEDAW type feminist dinosaurs want women to remain victims, continually harping on about wage gaps (which can explained by different career choices based on family focus) and reproductive rights (because vaccinations, basic medical care, food and water are mere luxuries for most of the world's women) without ever stepping back and realising that most women just want to get with living their lives, as individuals not as some giant sisterhood where we all have to think the same.
- CEDAW is essentially socialism - article 11 - The right to equal remuneration, including benefits, and to equal treatment in respect of work of equal value, as well as equality of treatment in the evaluation of the quality of work
- CEDAW is for discrimination against mothers, especially mothers who dare turn their backs on the workplace and decide to mind their children themselves at home - the IRHC is in full agreement on this - the reason why there are so few women in the workplace is because Irish women read article 41 and decided to become "desperate housewives".....when will these people ever exercise some common sense??
- Bizarrely, according to CEDAW, motherhood is bad choice to make but prostitution is not - China was asked by the CEDAW "expert" committee to decriminalise prostitution. As far as I'm concerned, you're not an "expert" on human rights, let alone women's rights, if prostitution is a more acceptable choice for a woman to make than full time motherhood.

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