Maloney Statement on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Nov 25, 2020
Press Release

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), lead sponsor of the Equal Rights Amendment in the House of Representatives and H.Res.200, a resolution supporting United States ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), released the following statement in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, a day aimed to create awareness that violence against women is a human rights violation.


“On this International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, I am proud of the strides we have made to protect women and girls, but we still have much work to do.


“We still lack fundamental Constitutional equality in this country, which has left basic laws protecting women and girls vulnerable to being successfully challenged. In 2018, the ban on female genital mutilation was struck down in federal court. The provision allowing survivors of sexual assault to sue their attackers in civil court, which was included in the Violence Against Women Act, was ruled unconstitutional in 2000 in United States v. Morrison. We must ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and finally certify it as the 28th Amendment, in order to provide bedrock protections in the Constitution and allow legislators to pass robust legislation to protect women from violence— without fear that it will be struck down in the courts.” 


“To help prevent human rights abuses across the globe, Congress needs to ratify the most comprehensive international agreement on women's rights, CEDAW. We are one of only six nations in the world that has not ratified CEDAW. By ratifying this treaty, we affirm our standing as a global leader for the rights of women and girls.”