The United Nations marked Human Rights Day on December 10, 2010 by shining the spotlight on the hundreds of thousands of “largely unsung heroes,” the human rights defenders who risk dismissal, harassment, torture, jail and even death for their activities. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message, “Let us remember that everyone – no matter their background, training or education – can be a human rights champion. So let us use that power. Let us each be a human rights defender.”
NAPAWF encourages you to be a human rights champion today by contacting your Senator to ratify CEDAW. The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is a landmark international treaty that affirms principles of fundamental human rights and equality for women in the United States and around the world. It offers countries a practical blueprint to promote basic rights and open opportunities for women and girls in all areas of society. Worldwide, 186 countries have ratified CEDAW; only seven have not: Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Nauru, Palau, Tonga, and the United States. Although the U.S. signed the treaty in 1980, it has never been ratified by the U.S Senate.
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. Join NAPAWF in promoting human rights! Click here to contact your Senators, ask them to support CEDAW and urge Senator Kerry to hold a VOTE on CEDAW now!