Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Today, August 26, is Women's Equality Day in the United States. It marks the anniversary of the passage in 1920 of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving women the right to vote. It is a day to celebrate women's achievements and to focus on issues of gender equality. For more information regarding the history of this day, click here.
Although women have made great strides in achieving equality here in the U.S., as President Barak Obama has stated, "there is still more work to do." Women still make less money than men and face barriers and discrimination in areas such as health care, education and employment. Internationally, we also see the rise of a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam and other practices that deny equality and basic human rights to women, in contradiction to the United Nations Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), as well as many other human rights treaties.
If you are interested in thes issues, what can you do to commemorate the day? Urge the United States government to ratify CEDAW, pass an Equal Rights Amendment, and support projects to empower women in development countries.