Support for the United Nation Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

Support for the United Nation Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
2007 Action of Immediate Witness

WHEREAS the first Unitarian Universalist principle “to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person,” and the sixth principle, “the goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all,” correspond with the purpose of the United Nations Charter “to promote peace, prosperity, and dignity for all;”

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Violence Against Women

Violence Against Women
1993 General Resolution

BECAUSE Unitarian Universalists affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and living with dignity includes freedom from physical and emotional violence and the fear of such violence in the home, workplace, church, and community; and

WHEREAS the number of reported cases of harassment and stalking of women is increasing;

WHEREAS the rates of violent crime including sexual assault, rape, battering, and murder are rising and battering is the largest cause of injury to women in the United States and Canada;

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Battered Women

Battered Women
1979 Business Resolution

WHEREAS, the battering of women in the home is a family and societal problem related to the violation of basic human rights in a significant way both nationally and globally; and

WHEREAS, the problem is compounded by the legal and social system’s inability to protect victims of abuse adequately; and

WHEREAS, children internalize and perpetuate models of behavior observed and experienced in the home and in the larger society; and

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Opposing AIDS Discrimination

Opposing AIDS Discrimination
1986 General Resolution

BECAUSE, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association covenant to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and to promote justice, equity and compassion in human relations; and

BECAUSE, we are members of the interdependent web of existence and therefore responsible for one another and for the society in which we live; and

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Youth in Crisis

Youth in Crisis
1990 General Resolution

GUIDED by our belief in the inherent worth and dignity of every human being; and

RECOGNIZING our commitment and responsibility to provide youth with basic nurturing, support, encouragement, and protection; and

WHEREAS young people embody humanity’s hope for the future; and

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Materials on Sexual Abuse

Materials on Sexual Abuse
1985 Business Resolution

WHEREAS, sexual abuse and exploitation of children and youth are continental problems; and

WHEREAS, the Unitarian Universalist Association is committed to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person; and

WHEREAS, the Unitarian Universalist Association holds that sexual abuse and exploitation of children and youth are contrary to the principles of Unitarian Universalism and mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually harmful as well as immoral and unethical; and

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On Children, Poverty, and Violence

On Children, Poverty, and Violence
1984 General Resolution

WHEREAS, over half of all United States and Canadian children under the age of eighteen in female-headed households live below the poverty level; and

WHEREAS, growing numbers of children of all income groups and all family situations are harmed by abuse and neglect; and

WHEREAS, we, as Unitarian Universalists, join with women, men and children everywhere in striving for universal dignity, equality, freedom and peace, to which all, including children, are entitled; and

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Child Abuse and Neglect

Child Abuse and Neglect
1977 General Resolution
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HEREAS, abuse and neglect of children is a family and societal problem of national significance; and

WHEREAS, children are innocent and powerless victims of abuse and neglect; and

WHEREAS, Congress passed the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1974, created a National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect and an Advisory Board and authorized the Center to make grants to states, public and private agencies for programs in child abuse and neglect;

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Federal Legislation for Choice

Federal Legislation for Choice
1993 General Resolution

BECAUSE Unitarian Universalists affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person and the right of individual conscience; and

BECAUSE Unitarian Universalists affirm the value of life and are concerned about the quality of life; and

WHEREAS the 1987 General Resolution “Right to Choose” recognized the morally complex nature of abortion and stressed “tolerance and compassion for persons whose choices may differ from our own”;

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