Celebrate Mother’s Day - Take Action for Women!

May 9, 2007

The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) acknowledges the importance of protections for and empowering of women. It is the only international human rights treaty that comprehensively addresses the fundamental rights of women and girls in political, legal, economic, cultural, social, and family life. In many of the 185 countries that have ratified CEDAW, the treaty has become a crucial tool for addressing the lives and well-being of women and girls.

Shockingly, the United States is NOT one of the 185 countries that have signed the treaty. Ratification would require a two/thirds vote (67) of the U.S. Senate and the President’s signature. In order to ratify CEDAW, we need your help to raise awareness of this issue, both in the Senate and with the President, and in our churches and local communities. Nations that ratify CEDAW commit to overcoming barriers to discrimination against women in the areas of legal rights, education, employment, health care, political life and finance. It sets out “best practices” for ensuring basic human rights for women without imposing any laws on governments.

3 Easy Things You Can Do to Support CEDAW!

  1. Take Part in the Umbrella Petition – this is a fun photo petition that is easy to do at Sunday school or coffee hour. All you need is an umbrella, a digital camera, and a little creativity. Join thousands of other people in this unique visual petition. Complete instructions can be found here.
  2. Tell others about CEDAW – You can use this simple bulletin insert to help others in your parish learn about the importance of CEDAW. It can be used any time of year – download it here.
  3. Contact your Senators – Help them to understand the importance of this treaty and your commitment to its ratification. Use this link to send a message today!