Friday, December 18 is the 30th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Amazingly, the U.S. is one of only 7 countries who have yet to ratify the treaty, putting us in the company of countries like Sudan, Somalia and Iran (Nauru, Palau and Tonga round out the list).
Amnesty International is joining with Citizens for Global Solutions and other organizations in urging President Obama to take a lead in ratification efforts for CEDAW; believing that “(t)he treaty needs visible leadership and support from the President to gain Senate advice and consent.”
AI and the other organization are urging their members and other women’s human rights supporters to call, e-mail and use their social networks to contact the White House and spread the word through their networks.
Take action online here:
Further information, including successes and countering myths about the treaty are available at:
Global Solutions: http://globalsolutions.org/cedaw
CEDAW: Treaty for the Rights of Women: http://www.womenstreaty.org/
Thirty years is too long. Ask President Obama to take the lead in urging congress to ratify this treaty.