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CONTACT YOUR SENATORS ON AUGUST 26!
Join advocates from around the country in a National CEDAW Ratification Call-in Day. On Wednesday, August 26, 2009, Senators from around the nation need to hear from you!
Eighty-nine years ago, U.S. women won the right to vote after many years of painstaking struggle and hard work by courageous suffragists. This historic moment is commemorated each year on Women’s Equality Day, August 26.
Today, the work of our grandmothers and great-grandmothers remains unfinished. The United States remains the only democracy in the world that has not ratified the CEDAW treaty, putting our country in the dishonorable company of nations such as Iran, Somalia and Sudan. One hundred eighty-six countries, over 95 percent of United Nations members, have ratified CEDAW. It provides a fundamental framework for ending international violence against women, ensuring girls access to education, and promoting economic opportunity and political participation for women. The U.S. is long overdue in ratifying it.
Call your senators at 202-224-3121 and urge them to support ratification of the CEDAW treaty for the Rights of Women today!
As your constituent, I am calling because I do not understand why the U.S. Senate has not ratified the CEDAW treaty for the rights of women, which is critical to ending violence against women and girls and to providing economic opportunity. I urge you to support immediate ratification.
The CEDAW treaty for the rights of women, formally known as the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, provides a universal standard for women’s human rights. It addresses discrimination in areas such as education, employment, marriage and family relations, health care, politics, finance and law.
To date, 186 countries have ratified the CEDAW treaty. The United States is the only democratic nation that has failed to do so.
For more information, go to http://www.womenstreaty.org.