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After eight years without movement on the more than 30-years unratified United Nations (U.N.) Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has agreed to hold a hearing in his capacity as chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law. This is a significant step forward in our ongoing push to recognize women's rights as human rights, but your action is needed now.
In order to get the CEDAW Treaty floor vote that women around the world have been waiting for, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) must hold a vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Background For 30 years women around the world have waited for our country to ratify 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 public and private leadership. The U.S. is the only industrialized country in the world not to have yet ratified CEDAW. We need Senate action on the CEDAW Treaty to give the U.S. greater clout to help women worldwide claim basic human rights.