The United States continues to be one of only seven countries in the world that has not ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) — a landmark international agreement that affirms principles of fundamental human rights and equality for women around the world.
It’s time to ratify CEDAW and show that Americans believe in the basic rights of women and girls worldwide.
For the first time in EIGHT years, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing focused solely on the importance of ratifying CEDAW — a momentous step forward in our push to ratify this important treaty. This hearing underscored the importance of U.S. ratification of the treaty to strengthen our standing as a leader for women’s rights and human rights, and it’s an important first step towards a full Senate vote on CEDAW.
We are within striking distance of CEDAW ratification, but the window of opportunity is rapidly closing. Senator John Kerry (D-MA) is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the committee with jurisdiction over this international treaty. In order for the U.S. to ratify CEDAW, he needs to use his leadership to move it forward.
We urgently need your help — tell your Senators to support CEDAW and ask Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, Senator Kerry, to move CEDAW forward for a vote.
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am writing to ask you to support CEDAW and to urge Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to move the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) out of committee and onto the Senate floor today.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]