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Soroptomist hosts Heller

Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe will host guest speaker Billie Heller at the service club’s March 28 luncheon meeting. The event will begin at noon at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Special Events Center and the public is welcome. The cost of lunch is $8 and reservations may be made by calling (530) 573-2433.

Heller is the founder and current chair of the National Committee on the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. She is an internationally recognized women’s activist, a board member of the U.S. Committee for UNIFEM as well as a co-founder of the Southern California chapter, a board member of the National Women’s Conference Committee and a founding and former board member of the California Women’s Law Center.

Heller’s speaking engagement has been arranged by the Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe Human Rights/Status of Women Committee in honor of Women’s History Month. Heller’s commitment to eradicate the discrimination of women is exemplary and her leadership of CEDAW is characteristic of her consistent pledge to human rights reform. She will speak about the CEDAW treaty and its ramifications.



CEDAW can be described as the international bill of rights for women and was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979. The treaty defines what constitutes discrimination and stipulates the necessary requirements to ensure the equality of women in education, health, employment and politics. Countries that ratify or accede to the convention agree to take appropriate measures against all forms of exploitation of women and are legally bound to put its provisions into practice. Astonishingly, the United States is the only developed country in the world that has not ratified this treaty.


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