Being born a girl shouldn’t be a hurdle

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On 8 March, the entire world celebrated women’s rights. One day out of 365. One day in a world where women suffer from discrimination and violence every single day. The fight for women’s rights must last more than one day, so that being born a girl stops being a hurdle.

Together, we can make a difference.

The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1979 and ratified by nearly all world States, is the international bill of women’s rights.

Thanks to CEDAW, women’s rights defenders have made significant progress in their countries including increased representation of women in political bodies, minimum age for marriage, access to family planning, abolition of discriminatory laws, and outlawing of female genital mutilations.

But the fight is far from over and much remains to be done for CEDAW to be implemented. Many states have expressed reservations that jeopardize the rights set out in Convention, alleging incompatibility with their local traditions, religions or cultures. And none of the signatory States fully respect their commitments. Women and girls still face discrimination that seriously compromises their day to day lives and future.

Let us take action together to put a stop to discrimination against women. #BeingBornAGirl

So that the fight for women’s rights lasts more than one day:

I subscribe, without reservation, to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and demand that it be implemented by all States.

Sign this petition to help us advance women’s rights throughout the world.

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