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NO. R-73. JOINT RESOLUTION URGING THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS TO RATIFY THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN.

( J.R.S. 16)

Offered by: Senator Ankeney of Chittenden County.

Whereas, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 15, 1979, and

Whereas, it became an international treaty on September 3, 1981, and by October 1986, 154 countries had consented to be bound by the Convention’s provisions, and

Whereas, the Convention provides a comprehensive framework for challenging the various forces that have created and sustained gender-based discrimination against one-half of the world’s population, and

Whereas, the state of Vermont shares the goals of the Convention, namely affirming faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of all human beings and in the equal rights of women, and

Whereas, the state of Vermont has a history of supporting efforts to end gender-based employment discrimination and in 1972 ratified the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution, and

Whereas, although women have made major gains during the 20th century in the struggle for equality in social, business, political, legal, health, educational and other fields, there remains much yet to be accomplished, and

Whereas, the state of Vermont recognizes the greatly increased interdependence of the people of the world in this age of the global village and global telecommunications, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the Vermont General Assembly acknowledges that Vermonters have responsibilities and concerns that extend beyond our national boundaries, and be it further

Resolved: That the Vermont General Assembly urges the United States Congress to consider ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the President of the United States, the United States Secretary of State, the President of the United States Senate, the Chair of the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee and to each member of the Vermont Congressional Delegation.