8 Actions for March 8: Celebrate International Women's Day With Us!
by CARMEN RIOS on Mar 6, 2014
Women all over the world will celebrate International Women's Day on Saturday, March 8, by taking action for their social, political, and economic equality. The United Nations' official IWD theme for this year is "equality for women is progress for all," and we couldn't agree more! This International Women's Day, celebrate with us by speaking out for women's rights - eight times.
1. Tell your Senator: Support CEDAW!
CEDAW has been ratified by 187 of the 193 member states of the UN, the United States is one of only seven nations that has not yet approved it, putting us in the company of Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Iran and two small Pacific islands. As a leading advocate for human rights, the US has a compelling interest to improve conditions for women. Yet, the United Sates has compromised its credibility as a world leader in both human rights and women's rights in its failure to ratify CEDAW.
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2. Tell President Obama: #LiftTheBan!
For many victims of war, resources provided by US humanitarian aid eases their suffering; but for victims of war rape care is limited. Survivors of war rape are denied access to comprehensive medical care that includes the option of abortion, largely because of US policy that is wrongly interpreted to place anti-abortion restrictions on humanitarian aid in conflict zones - in direct violation of international human rights and humanitarian law, including the Geneva Conventions. Girls and women systematically raped during conflict face increased rates of maternal mortality, permanent reproductive damage, and obstetric fistula, in addition to isolation and trauma. Without access to the option of abortion care, victims are forced to risk their health - either by carrying unwanted pregnancies to term, seeking dangerous methods of abortion or, in many tragic cases, taking their own lives.
Take action with Feminist Majority and the Global Justice Center to urge President Obama to issue an executive order lifting the ban on abortion restrictions in conflict zones, in accordance with the Geneva Conventions.
Send A Message to President Obama Today.
3. Tell the Supreme Court: #MyBodyMyBC!
The Affordable Care Act guarantees that all new health insurance plans cover FDA approved contraceptives, including the pill and IUDs, without co-pays or deductibles. But over 40 profit-making companies have filed lawsuits against this ACA requirement saying that they have a right to deny this coverage to their employees because of the companies' so-called religious beliefs.
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments March 25 regarding whether companies can take away this important birth control benefit from women. Send a clear message to the Supreme Court that companies should not be able to use religion as cover to discriminate against women.
Sign The Open Letter Today.
4. And Show Up to Tell the SCOTUS: Let Women, Not Bosses, Decide!
Folks will be meeting on Tuesday, March 25 outside of the Supreme Court building to make their voices heard in this important debate - and you should be there! Come around 8:30 AMand bring your own signs!