A manual for speeding the pace of change. The U.S. remains the only industrialized country that has not ratified CEDAW. Ratification of CEDAW is essential if the U.S. is to continue to be seen as a global leader in human rights. The United States’ failure to ratify this treaty places it in the company of such countries as Iran, Sudan and Somalia.

While ratification of CEDAW at the national level continues to stall, U.S. women can work to implement CEDAW at the city, county and state levels so as to advance women’s human rights here at home and stand in solidarity with the world’s women who are using CEDAW to do the same.

CEDAW: The Optional Protocol and Women in Decision-Making (2004)

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Women and girls around the world are demanding and creating systemic change and a sustainable future for all. We need collective power to attain a just future – we need you.