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International Women’s Day and CEDAW, Treaty on the Human Rights of Women

The National Education Association proudly supports both International Women’s Day and the United States campaign to ratify CEDAW in hopes to one day achieve gender equity and gender equality across world. Gender equality starts with ceasing the oppression of both young women and girls and can be realized through allowing them the basic human right to receive a quality education.


“Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture it!”  is the theme of this year’s, International Women’s Day. (March 8), Both governments and activists globally commemorate the groundbreaking UN Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995which championed women’s rights. It has been 20 years since the  Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which is a historic roadmap signed by 189 governments that set the agenda for recognizing the importance of women’s rights. While there have been many triumphs and watershed moments since then, many serious disparities in attainment remain for young girls and women across the world. For this International Women’s Day Celebration in 2015; we come together both celebrate the many achievements that have come since then and critique ways in making gender equality a reality.

The Beijing Platform for Action focuses on 12 critical areas of concern, and envisions a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination. Learn more about the 2015 International Women’s Day.


International Women's Day 2015