NOW Foundation Issues "Shadow Report" to U.N. on Employment Discrimination in U.S.

May 31, 2006

The National Organization for Women Foundation has prepared a report on widespread sex-based employment discrimination in the U.S. to be submitted in early June to the United Nations Human Rights Committee. The report will join others that evaluate U.S. efforts to conform with provisions of a human rights treaty, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), ratified by the U.S. in 1992.

In ratifying the treaty, our country agreed to bring its laws and policies in line with the treaty's numerous provisions concerning equal treatment for women and men. The ICCPR contains very clear sex equality provisions-stronger than any existing provisions in the U.S. Constitution or federal law.

U.S. conformance with the ICCPR is being reviewed for the first time in ten years by the U.N. Human Rights Committee in Geneva. At the same time, dozens of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are submitting "Shadow Reports" assessing U.S. compliance with the treaty provisions.

This process is a powerful avenue for advocates of women's human rights to pursue economic and social justice for women, and is especially useful in light of the fact that both the majority leadership in Congress and the current administration do not support equality for women and are actively undermining hard won women's rights gains of the last 40 years.

The NOW Foundation is proud to contribute an integral part of the U.S. Gender Working Group's Shadow Report. You can read our submission now and the full report at a later date. Please check back after the U.N.'s June 10 deadline.