Long time coming a long way Baby!
Algeria says it is prepared to apply the provisions of the treaty as long as they do not conflict with the provisions of the Algerian Family Code.
The government of Australia, on the other hand, says it does not accept the application of CEDAW in so far as it would require alteration of the country’s defence force policy - which excludes women from combat duties.
The UAE points out that it will not enforce one of the provisions of CEDAW because the provision violates the rules of inheritance established in accordance with the precepts of Shariah, the Islamic law (pdf).
Yasmeen Hassan, director of programmes at the New York-based Equality Now told IPS that lack of implementation of CEDAW is exacerbated by countries’ reservations to the treaty.
"Many countries, including most Muslim countries [with the exceptions of Afghanistan and Yemen], have significant and broad reservations to CEDAW that nullify their commitment to gender equality," she added.
However, even in these cases, "the positive is that they are obligated to report on the situation of women which gives us a platform to advocate and push for change," she explained.
Except that some countries -- come on down Canada! -- are not even reporting.
Mind you, some countries never even ratified the CEDAW in the first place. They include those women's rights utopias Sudan, Iran, Somalia and, drum roll please, the U.S.Women's rights. Why bother?