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[16days_discussion] Fwd: CEDAW in the 113th Sign-On letter and campaign details

16 Days 16days at cwgl.rutgers.edu
Tue Dec 18 17:07:40 EST 2012


Dear 16 Days Activists,

Please see the sign-on letter below in an effort to launch a CEDAW 
ratification campaign on January 3rd.

In solidarity,
16 Days Campaign Team

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> Dear Colleagues:
>
> Attached and below is a sign-on letter that is part of our effort to 
> launch a _vital_ CEDAW ratification campaign on January 3^rd , the 
> first day of the 113^th Congress. It’s time to get this done!
>
> CEDAW is a landmark international agreement that affirms principles of 
> fundamental human rights and equality for women around the world. It’s 
> a discredit to our country that the U.S. is one of just seven 
> countries (including South Sudan) that has yet to ratify CEDAW.  The 
> 113^th session is our chance to finally achieve ratification.
>
> During the 2012 elections we made history and elected the most gender 
> diverse Senate in the history of our nation. With 20 female Senators 
> taking or returning to office, this is the perfect time call on the 
> Senate to prioritize ratification of the CEDAW. *The sign-on deadline 
> to include your organization’s name on the letter is December 21^st *. 
> Please contact GlobalSolutions.org’s Campaign Coordinator, Julia 
> Bunting at jbunting at globalsolutions.org 
> <mailto:jbunting at globalsolutions.org> or 202-546-3950 ext. 111 
> <tel:202-546-3950%20ext.%20111> if you wish to sign on or have 
> comments or questions.
>
> The letter will be delivered to all 100 Senators on January 3^rd along 
> with a petition 
> <http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5550/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=12188> 
> that confirms constituent support for CEDAW.  Please contact Julia if 
> your organization is willing to promote the petition. *We can give you 
> a distinct URL and send you the list of those who signed as a result 
> of your organization’s efforts.*__ Or if your organization would 
> prefer to promote its own petition, we can combine them prior to delivery.
>
> In addition to delivering the petition and the sign-on letter we also 
> invite you and others in your network to have some fun with us on 
> January 3^rd .  After the sign-on letter and petitions are dropped off 
> in Senate offices, we are going to talk to as many Senators as 
> possible who will be attending the multiple swearing-in parties that 
> will be happening around the Capitol.  The opening day of Congress is 
> the easiest time in the entire session to get face time with Senators 
> and key staff. Our plan is to eat, drink and promote CEDAW.  Let us 
> know as soon as possible if you’d like to send a representative to 
> join us for this event.
>
> We’re really hoping to make a big impression and convince our Senators 
> that ratification is essential in the 113^th Congress. Please let us 
> know if you can sign on to this letter by Friday, December 21. Do not 
> hesitate to contact us with any questions.
>
> Thank you,
>
> Cristina Finch,
> Director of Women’s Human Rights Program,
> Amnesty International
>
> Don Kraus,
> President and CEO,
> GlobalSolutions.org and Global Solutions Action Network
>
> June Zeitlin,
>
> Director, CEDAW Education Project,
>
> The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
>
> January 3, 2013
>
> To the Honorable Members of the Unites States Senate:
>
> On behalf of the undersigned organizations, we write to urge you to 
> make ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of 
> Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) a priority for the United States 
> Senate in the 113^th session of Congress.
>
> The record breaking number of women who will serve in the 113^th 
> Congress lends significant momentum for the United States to increase 
> its global leadership role on women’s rights issues. Twenty female 
> Senators will either return to or take office in the Senate—a truly 
> historic accomplishment.
>
> CEDAW is a landmark international agreement that affirms principles of 
> fundamental human rights and equality for women around the world. It 
> is a practical blueprint for each country to achieve progress for 
> women and girls.
>
> CEDAW is already making a difference for women and girls worldwide, 
> specifically by strengthening civil society's efforts to persuade 
> governments to respect women’s human rights and adopt policies to 
> reduce sex trafficking and domestic violence, provide access to 
> education and vocational training, ensure the right to vote, end 
> forced and child marriages, secure inheritance rights, and ensure the 
> right to work and own a business without discrimination.
>
> Ratification of CEDAW would strengthen the United States’ standing as 
> a global leader in standing up for women and girls. To date, the 
> United States is one of only seven countries that have not yet 
> ratified CEDAW.  It is essential that the U.S. ratify CEDAW and 
> continue to play a leadership role in advancing women’s and girls’ 
> rights globally.
>
> The signatories of this letter call on the U.S. Senate to advance 
> women’s human rights, not just for women in the United States but for 
> all women worldwide, by ratifying this convention now.
>
> Sincerely,
>
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