Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) serves as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which must act to bring the International Treaty for the Rights of Women before the full Senate for a vote on ratification.
Overcrowded Senate Docket Prevented Ratification in 2002
The Senate adjourned in 2002 without time for a vote on ratification. The treaty reverted back to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee under the leadership of new chairman Richard Lugar (R-IN) after Republicans gained control of the Senate in November 2002.
Oct. 8, 2002: Queen Noor Joined Sens. Biden/Boxer and More Than 170 Organizations to Support Treaty
Senators Barbara Boxer and Joseph Biden and renowned human rights leaders urged U.S. ratification of CEDAW at a Congressional briefing on Oct. 8, 2002. Speakers included: Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Martha Burk of the National Council of Women's Organizations, Dr. William Schulz of Amnesty International USA, and Farida Azizi of the Afghan Women's Network. Click here to read the media advisory.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted favorably on the Treaty for the Rights of Women by a vote of 12 to 7 on July 30, 2002.
Following is a list of votes by the 2002 Senate Foreign Relations Committee Members:
June 13, 2002: Hearing
A hearing was held June 13, 2002, at 10 a.m. in the Senate Dirksen Building in Room 419. Sen. Boxer, a long-time supporter of the Treaty and advocate for ratification, chaired the hearing.
Hearing Witnesses Included: