Want to Really Thank Your Mom?

Improve the World.

Mother’s Day in my house consisted of rising early, gathering some dandelions, and attempting to make pancakes. My siblings and I failed at gourmet greatness, but we wanted to show our appreciation. Mothers around the world work extremely hard. Women have to, considering the violence and discrimination faced daily. The United States has failed to ratify The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and that shows no appreciation for women’s rights.

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women provides a fundamental framework for ending international violence against women, ensuring girls access to education, and promoting economic opportunity and political participation for women. 186 countries have ratified CEDAW; we have not, joining Sudan, Iran, and Somalia.

Moms provide an amazing presence that we pay respect to on May 9. The United States can improve its international presence, and finally step up to work for the treatment all women deserve. We need greater Senate action on the CEDAW treaty.  Write your Senators. Really say thank you to your mom. Work to help attain gender equality. Women and girls deserve to go to school, be a part of public life, own and inherit property, and not face violence.

If you really want to be inspired, check out The Girl Effect on YouTube. Helping one girl can better the world. I grew up comfortably. Those Mother’s Day pancakes did not require me walking two miles to acquire water, and the next morning I attended school. I want a world where little girls can go to school, and grow up to start their own business. Write your Senator and say thanks mom. Work to better the world.

Emily, UN Blogger

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