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The horrifying gang rape and subsequent death of a student in India ignited protests in support of changing laws and cultural views on women. This unspeakable tragedy, coupled with the ongoing atrocities and injustices facing the world's female population, should also remind the United States to finally ratify the United Nations "bill of rights for women."

The U.S. was a primary drafter of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women when President Carter signed it in 1980, but it has inexplicably lingered in the Senate for over 30 years. Only eight countries have failed to ratify the convention, leaving the U.S. in the company of nations that adamantly oppress the rights of women, including Iran, Somalia, and Sudan.

This convention has been an important source of constitutional and cultural changes that support the global advancement of women. The Obama administration must move urgently to ratify this important convention.

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Dear President Obama:

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) provides the basis for realizing equality between women and men by securing women's access to equal opportunities in political and public life, including the right to vote and to stand for election, as well as the right to education, healthcare, and employment opportunities.

Nations who ratify the convention agree to take all appropriate measures to ensure that women can enjoy their human rights and fundamental freedoms. They are also required to submit a report every four years to the convention's committee. This is a valuable, ongoing opportunity to identify shortcomings, track progress, and cultivate a dialog about ways to improve.

CEDAW is the only human rights treaty which affirms the reproductive rights of women and identifies culture and tradition as influential forces shaping gender roles and family relations. It affirms women's rights to acquire, change or retain their nationality and the nationality of their children. Ratifying nations also agree to take appropriate measures against all forms of traffic in women and exploitation of women.

CEDAW has been an important source of constitutional, legislative, and judicial change for the advancement of women abroad.

  • In Bangladesh, it facilitated the improvement gender parity in primary schools.
  • In Kenya, it helped remove barriers to land and inheritance rights for widows and daughters.
  • Afghanistan used it as a basis for a constitutional provision to guarantee men and women equal rights before the law.

U.S. diplomats and Americans who work in international organizations say that the failure to ratify impedes their efforts to advance the rights of girls and women abroad. Ratification would also benefit America, which still struggles with pay equity for women, paid maternity leave, and violence against women.

As you stated in your second inaugural speech in January of 2013, "Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts." Let ratification of CEDAW be one of your first steps in following through on that historical and heartfelt proclamation.

Petition Signatures

Dec 18, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 18, 2014 Metesh Acharya
Dec 18, 2014 Ann Hansen
Dec 17, 2014 velma jean
Dec 17, 2014 Alyssa Solazzo
Dec 17, 2014 Carey Mayfield
Dec 17, 2014 karly lusby
Dec 17, 2014 Elaine White
Dec 17, 2014 Jody Draznin It's time for women of all nations to live on an equal basis with men. In the home, workplace, schools, all environments. The torture and killing of women is inexcusable and must stop. It's time for this to end NOW. Women deserve equal pay, equal rights.
Dec 13, 2014 Francine Dessoy
Dec 12, 2014 John Taylor Jr
Dec 11, 2014 Gina Chiarella
Dec 11, 2014 Jordi Estruells Chirivella
Dec 10, 2014 Karl Hoermann
Dec 9, 2014 Shannon Blea
Dec 9, 2014 annette florence
Dec 6, 2014 samantha jordan
Dec 6, 2014 chantal pasquier
Dec 5, 2014 Esta Maltz
Dec 5, 2014 Kristine Cormier
Dec 4, 2014 melissa miller
Dec 4, 2014 Taylor Tanner
Dec 4, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 4, 2014 San Billings
Dec 3, 2014 Charlotte Kelly
Dec 2, 2014 Suzanne Askey
Dec 2, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Dec 2, 2014 Thomas Gale
Dec 2, 2014 Shawnea Malin
Dec 2, 2014 Spence Carlisle
Dec 2, 2014 Maverine Whitehurst
Dec 2, 2014 mary jones
Dec 2, 2014 Kierez Patterson
Dec 2, 2014 Carrie Porter
Nov 29, 2014 Lynn Miller
Nov 28, 2014 Liz Berry
Nov 25, 2014 Dina Mattas
Nov 25, 2014 Suzie Stoltz
Nov 24, 2014 Connie Williams
Nov 23, 2014 Corinne Pieper please ratify this bill. Women have rights too, not just men. Protect all women,and young girls we have feelings too.
Nov 23, 2014 karen watton
Nov 21, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2014 Katherine Myskowski
Nov 20, 2014 KL Eckhardt CEDAW has been waiting THIRTY YEARS to be ratified IN THE US Senate???? How do I not know about this? Why hasn't it been publicized? GET IT DONE!
Nov 20, 2014 jeremie roxas
Nov 20, 2014 Ilean River
Nov 20, 2014 kim edmondson
Nov 18, 2014 debbie mason
Nov 18, 2014 Kimberly Mclaughlin

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