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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 president must move urgently to ratify this important convention.

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Dear President Trump:

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, health care, 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 of 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.

The time is now. Let ratification of CEDAW be a historical step in our country toward promoting, and ensuring, women's rights.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Aug 8, 2018 Kathryn Summerfield
Aug 6, 2018 Valerie Sanderson
Aug 6, 2018 Elizabeth Clifford There is no rational excuse for refusing to endorse equal opportunities for women. We must join the movement to elevate women to equal status here and throughout the world.
Aug 5, 2018 Catherine King-Chuparkoff
Aug 5, 2018 Beau Ryba
Aug 1, 2018 Lynne potts
Aug 1, 2018 Macarena Rivera
Jul 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 29, 2018 Joan Hutton
Jul 26, 2018 Brianna Anepete
Jul 26, 2018 Victoria Pennington
Jul 23, 2018 Rama Bharadwaj
Jul 21, 2018 marita hanse
Jul 19, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jul 17, 2018 Paola DeCastro
Jul 16, 2018 Laura Gustoson President Trump, once again, you must care about this issue in order to help the female populaion.
Jul 16, 2018 Ari Schwartz
Jul 16, 2018 Mary Hunt
Jul 16, 2018 Lisa Delabre
Jul 15, 2018 Liselle McFletcher
Jul 15, 2018 Carole Gorecki
Jul 13, 2018 Jennifer Annable
Jul 8, 2018 Reba Garrison
Jul 8, 2018 Brian Gibbons
Jul 6, 2018 Shielah Blalock
Jul 6, 2018 Emilie Johnson
Jul 6, 2018 Stacy Ping
Jul 3, 2018 Richard Wupperman
Jul 3, 2018 Anne-Marie Henkes
Jul 1, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jul 1, 2018 Priscilla Tine'
Jun 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 27, 2018 ANGELIQUE MCCLEAN
Jun 27, 2018 Marge Schwartz
Jun 24, 2018 Hunter Winn Ratify ALL constitutional UN Treaties, Charters, and Conventions as well.
Jun 23, 2018 Leora Yaffi
Jun 23, 2018 Melanie Chischilly Rump, you Evil piece of Shit... you are a misogynistic asshole.
Jun 23, 2018 Susan Hogarth
Jun 22, 2018 Andrea Bertram
Jun 18, 2018 Shelby Fry
Jun 16, 2018 Carol Painter
Jun 16, 2018 Bob Thomas
Jun 15, 2018 Vincenzo Taffoni
Jun 13, 2018 Jean McDermott
Jun 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 7, 2018 Armida Franceschini
Jun 4, 2018 Madeleine Norris
Jun 3, 2018 Korinne Taylor
Jun 1, 2018 Susan Fisher
May 31, 2018 Phillippa Hilsden ALL rapists, totally irrelevant of age, circumstances etc. etc. should have their bits chopped off, by women, with no painkillers ...

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