The United States remains the only democracy in the world that has not ratified the CEDAW treaty, putting our country in the 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.

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.

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Call your senators at 202-224-3121 and urge them to support ratification of the CEDAW treaty for the Rights of Women today!

SAMPLE MESSAGE

As your constituent, I am calling to urge you to support immediate ratification of the CEDAW treaty for the rights of women, which is critical to ending violence against women and girls and to providing economic opportunity.
SAMPLE E-MAIL

Dear Senator,

I am writing to urge your support for women’s human rights globally by ratifying the CEDAW
treaty for the rights of women.

The CEDAW treaty provides a universal standard for women’s human rights. 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. To date, 186 countries have ratified CEDAW. The United States is the only democratic nation that has failed to do so, and as such is in the company of countries such as Sudan, Iran and Somalia.

The United States should strive to be a leader and set an example for the rest of world in its
commitment to women and expanding women’s rights.  I urge you to work to ensure immediate ratification of the CEDAW treaty.

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