We Want an Answer, Senator.
The Women's Equality Treaty (officially known as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, or CEDAW) provides an effective blueprint to achieve progress for women and girls and an opportunity for policymakers and advocates to work together to address female illiteracy and discrimination, female genital mutilation, sex trafficking and economic disempowerment.
But the U.S. is standing on the sidelines.
Sadly, this is not an oversight.
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 several other treaties 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.
Our Senate is better than this. And this irresponsible silence on the importance of ratifying CEDAW, the Disability Treaty, the Arms Trade Treaty and other agreements needs to end.
So what can we do about this?
It's time our Senators took to the floor of the United States Senate--before the mid-term elections--and went on the record about the U.S. standing up for women's equality and ratifying CEDAW. If they sincerely believe in women's rights, they can make a statement TODAY.
Ratifying this treaty would continue America's proud bipartisan tradition of promoting the principles and values of basic human rights, education, equality, and fairness.
Our Senators need to speak up by going on the record in favor of CEDAW ratification.
We hope you'll urge them to do so.
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