Feminist critiques of the Women's Convention (CEDAW- Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women) include that it has inadvertently “ghettoised” and prevented the mainstreaming of women’s rights. However, despite the many shortcomings of the Women's Convention, and the difficulties in enforcing it, a world where CEDAW has come into existence is better than one without it because CEDAW expanded on the rights available to women in other international treaties and conventions such as the ICCPR (Articles 2, 3 and 26 of the ICCPR).
2022 marks the three-year anniversary of the Women in Law Pledge; an initiative with the goal of dealing with gender inequality once and for all. Admittedly, three years is not a long time to deal with an age-old societal issue, but has anything changed?
In the last few years, the discussion surrounding transgender rights has increased. Some may argue that this is positive; more discussion means more awareness. However, alongside an increase in awareness, there has also been a rise in transphobic rhetoric and, what some have named, anti-trans hysteria. Around the world, issues of access to the correct toilets, the right to participate in sports and much more have become subjects of intense debate.
Though news leaked on the 3rd of May 2022 that the Supreme Court intended to overturn Roe v Wade, this issue has been brewing for years in the underbelly of US courtrooms.
This was underlined by Katheryn Kolbert, who gave a TED talk in December 2021 entitled ‘The End of Roe v Wade and what comes next for reproductive freedom’1. The writer and public-interest attorney worked on the 1992 case, Planned Parenthood v Casey, of which was widely accredited to saving Roe v Wade three decades ago. In the outcome of Casey, the Supreme court issued a joint opinion that they must uphold the rights of women to obtain an abortion until viability in all US territories. Though they aimed to ‘uphold the rights of women to obtain an abortion’, Casey’s decision permitted states to enact barriers to abortion unless they created undue burdens on women – as a result in the following three decades, states legislated and upheld various restrictions.
In 1973, Roe v Wade allowed people that can get pregnant in the United States the constitutional right to an abortion. Nearly fifty years later, the Supreme Court decided to overturn that legislation, which means that abortions will be banned or limited in many states. Following the decision, there has been an increase in data privacy concerns, especially regarding period tracking apps.