35 Years is Too Long to Wait

35 Years is Too Long to Wait

Over 400,000 women and girls are forced into the sex trade every year. Every day, 800 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Over 660 million women in the world today are illiterate. 

The Women's Rights Treaty (officially known as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, or CEDAW), can help put an end to these horrific human rights abuses.  

Yet a coordinated opposition is attempting to undermine our very ability to ratify treaties such as CEDAW by portraying it as threat to the "traditional family" and deliberating distorting the truth about it. They paint it and any other treaty under consideration as a means of "foreigners" to "weaken or encroach upon American sovereignty."  

In doing so, they have cajoled enough Senators and their constituents into believing that multilateral treaties represent a grave threat to the American way of life, rather than a means of exporting American values of fairness and equality to the world. 

The Women's Rights Treaty is a landmark international agreement that affirms principles of fundamental human rights and equality for women around the world. The U.S. signed this important agreement in 1980, but the Senate has never allowed it to come up for a ratification vote.

What is the truth about the Women's Rights Treaty? 

  • It will reduce sex trafficking and domestic violence 
  • It will provide access to education and vocational training
  • It will ensure the right to vote 
  • It will end forced marriage and child marriage 
  • It will help mothers and families by providing access to maternal health care 
  • It will ensure the right to work and own a business without discrimination.

Ratifying this treaty would continue America's proud bipartisan tradition of promoting the principles and values of basic human rights, education, equality, and fairness. Instead, we are left out of this fight, keeping company with notorious human rights violators like Sudan, Somalia, and Iran. 

This isn't right, so we're asking the Senate to stand up for women's equality and bring this treaty to the Senate floor for a vote.