Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) is promoting a day of advocacy today (August 26, 2009) to urge the United States to ratify the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). UNA-USA notes that CEDAW has been ratified by 186 countries, including every democracy in the world, except the United States. The treaty provides a global standard for women's rights, but that the United States is unable to credibly demand that governments abide by their treaty commitments as long as it refuses to ratify CEDAW. Ratification of CEDAW would help strengthen America's voice in support of international human rights and women's equality.
If you are in the United States, you can pick up the phone and call your U.S. Senators today (Wednesday, August 26, 2009) and urge them to support U.S. ratification of CEDAW. (If you don't see this message until Thursday or Friday, you can still pick up the phone!)