The Zonta Club of Oak Park urges everyone to contact Senators Burris and Durbin and ask them to do everything they can to see that the U.S. Senate finally ratifies the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women treaty.

The Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women is the most comprehensive international treaty promoting the advancement of women worldwide. It establishes a legal framework to which all governments must adhere, to ensure the equality of women in various areas of life including politics, law, employment, education, health care, commerce and domestic relations. The United States remains the only democracy in the world that has not ratified the treaty, putting our country in the dishonorable company of states such as Iran, Somalia and Sudan.

And yet, it is astounding that the treaty has been in existence for nearly 30 years, with support from so many U.S. presidential administrations and with demonstrated progress in over 185 nations – and our U.S. Senate has never ratified it!

Numerous state legislatures have passed this type of supportive resolution, and yet Illinois has not. Given the current make-up of the Senate, it would appear that for the first time, there is a real chance of finally ratifying a convention that has been in existence for 30 years! The time to take action is now.

Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Karen Herman DeMuro
President, Zonta Club of Oak Park

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