By adopting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Dec 10, 1948, the relatively small UN family of 56 states concretized their belief in the "equal rights of men and women." But despite the charter's noble commitment to upholding the inherent dignity of every human being, the UN General Assembly noticed that women continued to lag behind men in their enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, political and civil rights. This realization led the UN in 1979 to adopt the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women. In order to effectively integrate women into mainstream trade policies, policymakers must fully understand the economic implications of the Convention and engage in a "constructive dialogue" with gender experts. To end marginalization of women in the economic sphere, policymakers should revisit the articles of the Convention.