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Group: Time to 'Walk the Talk' on Women’s Rights

March 29, 2010

BOSTON - March is Women's History Month in the United States, and as we head into April a coalition called The Campaign for a New Domestic Human Rights Agenda wants to make sure that the Obama administration doesn't forget that women still have a long way to go when it comes to equality.

Professor Martha Davis is the co-director of the Program for Human Rights in the Global Economy at Northeastern School of Law. She she says that the most troubling issues concerning women in Massachusetts involve health care, violence and workplace equality.

"We're talking about health, we're talking about safety; of course there are housing issues that are associated with the safety issues as well; and addressing the gender gap in wages, getting women into higher-level positions on boards."

Lisa Crooms is the chair of the Steering Committee for the campaign, and she says the positions taken by The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women need to be ratified. She says many people around the world are surprised that human rights are still an issue here in the U.S.

"People do look to us as being really advanced, but the reality is that the state of human rights as a domestic matter in the United States fails to measure up to the rhetoric that tends to be deployed internationally."

The Campaign for a New Domestic Human Rights Agenda is made up of about 50 U.S.-based organizations whose mission is to support human rights in the U.S. and abroad.

Monique Coppola, Public News Service - MA