For 30 years women around the world have waited for our country to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). This women's rights treaty has been used around the globe to help women claim property rights, address systemic sexual violence and increase our representation in both private and public leadership. The United States is the only industrialized country in the world not to have yet ratified CEDAW.
In March, NOW activists delivered nearly 5,000 signatures to President Obama demanding he prioritize ratification of a clean CEDAW and to do so without disabling Restrictions, Understandings and Declarations (RUDs). We are now calling upon you to hold the Senate, including majority leadership and the Foreign Relations Committee, accountable to RATIFY WOMEN!