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The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus


Senators asked to support treaty on women's rights

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009

In e-mail messages sent today to U.S. Senators George V. Voinovich and Sherrod Brown, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus urged support for the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

The communications were sent in response to an action alert issued by the League of Women Voters of the United States. The full text follows:

On behalf of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus and our hundreds of members across central Ohio, I am writing to urge your support for women’s human rights globally by ratifying the CEDAW Treaty for the Rights of Women.

The CEDAW Treaty provides a universal standard for women’s human rights. It provides a fundamental framework for ending international violence against women, ensuring girls access to education, and promoting economic opportunity and political participation for women. To date, 186 countries have ratified CEDAW. The United States is the only democratic nation that has failed to do so, and as such is in the company of countries such as Sudan, Iran, and Somalia.

The United States should strive to be a leader and set an example for the rest of world in its commitment to women and expanding women’s rights. I urge you to work to ensure immediate ratification of the CEDAW Treaty.