The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is a landmark international agreement that affirms principles of fundamental human rights and equality for women around the world. It offers countries a practical blueprint to promote basic rights and to open opportunities for women and girls in all areas of society.
However, the United States continues to be one of only 7 countries in the world that has not ratified CEDAW. As women and men who believe in the basic rights of women and girls worldwide — the right to live free from violence, the ability to go to school, and access to the political system — we need President Obama to send a strong and urgent signal to the Senate that ratification of CEDAW this year is vital.
We are within striking distance of CEDAW ratification, but the window of opportunity is rapidly closing. We need President Obama to show leadership in advancing women and girls’ rights by supporting CEDAW now.
Dear President Obama,
As a constituent who cares about the rights of women and girls around the world, I urge you to make U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) a priority. When you created the White House Council on Women and Girls, you emphasized how important it is for us "to ensure that our daughters and granddaughters have no limits on their dreams, no obstacles to their achievements -- and that they have opportunities their mothers and grandmothers and great grandmothers never dreamed of." Now is the time for the United States to redouble its efforts by supporting mothers, daughters, and granddaughters around the world in order to accomplish this worthy vision. Now is the time for the United States to ratify CEDAW, and we need your leadership to do it.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]