Discrimination Against Women Are Marginalized Economically, Culturally, And Politically

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In many countries that comprise the global community, women are marginalized economically, culturally, and politically. Within these nations, established norms are resilient to change. It is often the place of international law to provide a more progressive framework than national laws. With this in mind, the United Nations (U.N.) understands that discrimination against women is a global issue, and has sought to create treaties in order to prevent discriminatory actions against women. In analyzing the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the creation of the Optional Protocol, a landmark decision in the case of A.S. v. Hungary, and how this enforces universalism in international law. This essay will argue that Article 2, and Article 8, of the Optional Protocol to CEDAW is in fact accomplishing state responsibility to abide international treaties.

The adoption, by the General Assembly of the U.N., of CEDAW in 1979 was the culmination of decades of international efforts to protect and promote the rights of women. Even though it is a widely accepted treaty, when it first came into force there were no formal international mechanisms in place to enforce the rights it provided. Moreover, historically, the U.N. would rarely become involved in nations internal affairs to enforce international human rights law, as that would infringe on the sovereignty of the nation. Coinciding with this practice were countries turning a blind eye…

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