Gillibrand vows to ratify UN treaty banning all discrimination against women if elected

Gillibrand vows to ratify UN treaty banning all discrimination against women if elected
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Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandPaid family leave proposal at risk Which proposals will survive in the Democrats' spending plan? Proposals to reform supports for parents face chopping block MORE (D-N.Y.) vowed Friday that the U.S. will ratify the United Nation's Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women if she is elected president in 2020. 

"We will," Gillibrand told reporters in New Hampshire when asked if she would ratify the convention, according to CBS News. 

"It's really important to project our values and make sure the world knows we believe in women's equality," she added. 


While the U.S. has signed the treaty, which has been characterized as a global bill of rights for women, it has not formally ratified it. 

The Holy See, Iran Somalia, Sudan, and Tonga have yet to sign the treaty. The U.S. joins Palau is signing but not ratifying the convention. 

Gillibrand has made women's rights, including reproductive issues a priority in her campaign, as well as during her time in the Senate. 

Her comments come as President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day MORE and his administration have expressed skepticism about the U.N., and have worked to undercut U.S. involvement in a series of the organization's programs. 

Since taking his post as president, Trump has withdrawn from or cut U.S. funding for some U.N. programs, including the U.N. Human Rights Council and an aid program for Palestinian refugees.