Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women
Even Iran ratified the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women before they vetoed it. So cities are taking matters into their own hands with #CitiesForCEDAW
WoMen For All is calling upon the United States, one of four countries that have not joined CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women), the only international human rights treaty to protect Women’s Rights, along with Iran, Palau and Tongo, to ratify CEDAW Now. Meanwhile, sister #Cities4CEDAW are working hard to ratify CEDAW city-by-city.
#Cities4CEDAW #RatifyERA #DoubleUP
President Carter signed and sent CEDAW to the U.S. Senate for advice and consent in 1980. It remains in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. The Senate has held hearings on CEDAW since but has failed to bring the treaty to a vote on the floor.
Cities for CEDAW
Cities for CEDAW is a nationwide, grassroots effort to encourage local governments to become more gender equitable. Research shows that inadvertent discrimination is common without a proactive review of city activities. CEDAW ordinances require cities to evaluate their programs and budgets and ensure they affect men and women equitably. It is a process, a fairer way of operating, not a separate program. If there is no discrimination, great! But where it is found, these laws help cities make changes to become more equitable.
But what is CEDAW? It is the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). This is the only international human rights treaty that focuses entirely on ending discrimination against women. It addresses important issues such as:
● Equal pay for women
● Elimination of violence against women
● Support for families and caregivers
CEDAW was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1979, more than 35 years ago, yet the UNITED STATES is one of only six countries - out of 196 nations - that still has not ratified this treaty.* In the meantime, the Cities for CEDAW campaign is bringing these rights to our cities.
Who else is supporting CEDAW?
Nationally, organizations endorsing CEDAW include:
American Association of University Women (AAUW)
American Baptist Women’s Ministries
American Bar Association
American Federation of Teachers
American Jewish Committee
American Library Association
Business and Professional Women/USA
Church Women United
Church World Service
The Episcopal Church, USA
Federation of Women’s Clubs Overseas
Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media
Heifer Project International
The Hunger Project
International Convocation of Unitarian Universalist Women
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
League of Women Voters of the United States
National Association of Commissions for Women
National Council of Churches, USA, Women’s Ministries
National Council of Jewish Women
National Network to End Domestic Violence
National Organization for Women (NOW)
Physicians for Human Rights
Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Presbyterian Church, USA
Sisters of Mercy
United Church of Christ
United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society
United Methodist Women
United Nations Association, USA
US Conference of Mayors (June 2014)
Women for Women International
Women of Reform Judaism
Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
AND 150 OTHER ORGANIZATIONS!