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An Evolving Global Norm of Women’s Rights

Co-sponsored by the CHRIJ

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
4:00-6:00 p.m.

Devlin Hall, Room 101
Boston College

The Boston College Political Science Department International Relations Lecture Series presents Lisa Baldez, Associate Professor of Government and LALACS, Dartmouth College.

An Evolving Global Norm of Women’s Rights: Today CEDAW is one of the most important instruments for advancing women’s rights in the international arena, but it did not start out that way. While the formal text of CEDAW has not changed since the General Assembly adopted it in 1979, its meaning has evolved over time in terms of how it is interpreted, implemented and supported. It has gained prominence within the UN system, within the countries that have ratified it, and among activists in the transnational women’s movement.  Several factors have strengthened CEDAW: the independence of the committee that oversees its implementation, changes in the global balance of power, greater NGO involvement, and a series of institutional reforms. As the result of these changes, the CEDAW of today is very different from the CEDAW of 1979.