Tomorrow, on November 18th, 2010, Senators will hear from expert witnesses on the importance of U.S. ratification of the Convention for Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) as essential to strengthening the U.S.’s global leadership in promoting the well-being of women and girls around the world. For the first time in eight years, the Senate will have a meaningful conversation about CEDAW ratification, and we need to make sure it doesn’t stop there. Let’s use this CEDAW hearing as leverage to pressure Senator Kerry to hold a vote on CEDAW, so we can move forward with its ratification.
If you live in the Washington, D.C. area, please join us at the CEDAW hearing on Thursday, November 19th at 2pm in 226 Dirksen Senate building. You’ll have the opportunity to hear witnesses speak on the importance of CEDAW, including:
• Geena Davis, Academy Award Winning Actor and Founder;
• The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media;
• Wazhma Frogh, Afghan Women’s Network, winner of State Department Woman of Courage award; and
• Marcia Greenberger, Co-President, National Women’s Law Center.
On November 15, 2010, NAPAWF submitted a statement of support for the ratification of CEDAW, found here. We know that women’s rights are human rights, and we know that we need action from our leaders in Washington, D.C., not just talk. Click here to contact your Senators and ask them to support CEDAW and urge Senator Kerry to hold a VOTE on CEDAW now!