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Act - Advocate for Policies that Will Benefit Women Globally!
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Meet with your elected representatives, write a letter to the editor, email your senator, discuss
the issues with your friends, attend meetings in your community, host a house party, speak
at a school, build a coalition. Take inspiration from Kali and Durga!


The Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was accepted by the UN General Assembly in 1979 and has been ratified by 185 countries. It is considered the international bill of rights for women. The United States has not ratified CEDAW (the only industrialized country that has not, putting the US in the company of Iran, Sudan and Somalia). Contact your US senators and representatives!



The Women's Edge Coalition is an NGO that advocates for US policies that will benefit women all over the world. Their new toolkit,  A Safer, Better World Begins with Women: Your Guide to Global Issues,  is available on their website and will show you how to impact the US’ international assistance and trade policies and help women in other countries bring their aspirations to life.

The United Nations Population Fund is the world’s largest international source of funding for population and reproductive health programs. It has provided $6 billion in assistance to developing countries since 1969. Despite bipartisan congressional agreement, the Bush administration blocked US funding of UNFPA in 2002, 2003, 2004. The US Committee for UNFPA is a public charity that raises funds in the United States for UNFPA.


The International Center for Research on Women is a non-profit organization that conducts research to fill the gaps in critical data on women's status, and leverages their findings to mobilize political will for change. Its international, multidisciplinary staff is supported by grants, contracts, and contributions from development agencies, foundations, corporations and individuals, and you can be among them.


Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID)'s goal is to cause policy, institutional and individual change that will improve the lives of women and girls around the world. AWID facilitates ongoing debates on fundamental and provocative issues and builds the  individual and organizational capacities of those working for women's empowerment and social justice.  AWID members are researchers, academics, students, educators, activists, business people, policy-makers, development practitioners, funders, and more.

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