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Women & ID cards; an addendum

In 1979, the UN passed the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). While Kenya issued IDs to women in large numbers that year, it did not ratify the Convention till 1984.

This is something I am curious about (especially given the fact that a lot of countries accepted it with reservations) and would like to find out more about.

I don’t know much about the way international Conventions come to be adopted but 5 years feels like a long time to be figuring out one’s reservations.

This is bigger than Women in Kenyan History but it’s intriguing and a thing to explore here and in offline communities. My question then: What does it take for conventions to be ratified? Follow up: How can citizens speed up that process?

Note: This post is part of #CuminWrites366, my year-long attempt to write a post a day. Find the rest over at readability.com/cuminwrites/

Questions, comments, suggestions or knowledge of conventions? Send them to cuminwrites@gmail.com

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