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Thursday, May 6, 2010
This Mother's Day, RATIFY WOMEN!: Ask your Senators to support CEDAW today
Tell the Senate to RATIFY WOMEN this Mother's Day
For 30 years women around the world have waited for our country to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). This women's rights treaty has been used around the globe to help women claim property rights, address systemic sexual violence and increase our representation in both private and public leadership. The United States is the only industrialized country in the world not to have yet ratified CEDAW.
Recently NOW activists delivered nearly 5,000 signatures to President Obama demanding he prioritize ratification of a clean CEDAW and to do so without disabling Restrictions, Understandings and Declarations (RUDs). This Mother's Day we are now calling upon you to hold the Senate, including majority leadership and the Foreign Relations Committee, accountable to RATIFY WOMEN! Tell your Senators to RATIFY WOMEN! without restrictions and no more delay. Background:
We know that women and girls around the world face violence and discrimination daily. We also know that CEDAW, the Women's Treaty, helps women and girls attend school, own and inherit property, take part in public life, and fight violence and oppression. We need Senate action on the CEDAW Treaty to give the U.S. greater clout to help women worldwide claim these basic rights.
This Mother's Day, NOW is working with dozens of national partners to ensure that we RATIFY WOMEN! now. Please ask your Senators to celebrate Mother's Day by showing their support for the CEDAW Treaty.
While we celebrate our own mothers and grandmothers today, let's stand together for women and girls around the world. Ask your Senators to support CEDAW today.