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The Respect for Marriage Coalition


is a partnership of more than 80 civil rights, faith, health, labor, business, legal, LGBT, student, and women's organizations working together to end the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and grow support for the freedom to marry. The Coalition is co-chaired by Freedom to Marry and the Human Rights Campaign.

ISHV has joined to help pass the Respect for Marriage Act, fight other congressional attacks on repealing DOMA and end the denial of marriage to same-sex couples and their families.




The Coalition for Liberty and Justice



The Coalition for Liberty and Justice is a broad alliance of faith-based and secular organizations working to ensure that public policy protects the religious liberty of individuals of all faiths and no faith and fosters fair options for all. The coalition works to support a progressive vision of religious freedom and to safeguard the rights of individuals and families from restrictive policies informed by a limited view of religious liberty.


We support the separation of religion and state and believe that public policy should not impose one set of religious beliefs on all or privilege any religious viewpoint.

We support individual religious liberty – the ability to exercise one’s individual rights based on conscience, moral codes and beliefs.

We support public policies that respect religious liberty and protect individuals from discrimination based on religious beliefs or traditions.

We advance a progressive understanding of religious liberty and justice that respects individuals, supports the common good and reflects the foundational principles of our nation.



Unite Against the War on Women

UNITE Women’s ( primary mission is to cultivate its membership in each state in order to identify our common concerns and to develop action programs to effectively address these concerns, in partnership with other organizations that share our mission and goals. This will allow us to engage hard-o-reach individuals and groups about legislative and policy decisions that impact them and their families.

Our Four basic goals of action:

  • To inform women and men, the public, policy makers and media about issues from our life experiences as women.
  • To advance women's roles in politics and policy-making so our concerns are addressed by women.
  • To increase participation of women in the political and legislative processes, using our voices to inform and advocate for women’s rights and employing tactics and tools such as Get Out The Vote.
  • To nurture intergenerational networks of women so we can recognize and respond to the range of issues women experience across their life span and fulfill our full potential as women and as human beings in our society.



The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women


ISHV is a proud member of The National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women (VAWA) a coalition of national organizations that work together on federal policies and legislation to end violence and ensure services for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.


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The Coalition Against Religious Discrimination

The Coalition Against Religious Discrimination (CARD) works to combat so-called "Charitable Choice" provisions and all government-funded religious discrimination associated with the Faith-Based Initiative. Organizations against religious discrimination and religious refusal:

Members of Coalition Against Religious Discrimination, American Association of University Women* Equal Partners in Faith, American Civil Liberties Union* Hindu American Foundation, American Humanist Association* Human Rights Campaign, American Jewish Committee* Interfaith Alliance, Americans United for Separation of Church and State* Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Anti-Defamation League* NA'AMAT USA, Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty*National Education Association, B'nai B'rith International* National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Catholics for Choice* Action Fund OMB Watch, Center for Inquiry* People For the American Way, Central Conference of American Rabbi*s* Secular Coalition for America, Disciples Justice Action Network*Council for Secular Humanism, National Council of Jewish Women* National Council of La Raza, Sikh Council on Religion and Education*Union for Reform Judaism, United Methodist Church*General Board of Church and Society Women of Reform Judaism.



Foundation Beyond Belief

Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB) is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation created to focus, encourage and demonstrate humanist generosity and compassion. We select and feature ten charitable organizations per quarter, one in each of the following cause areas:

  • Health
  • Education
  • Poverty
  • Environment
  • Children
  • Human Rights
  • Animals
  • Peace
  • Challenge the Gap (charities based in other worldviews)
  • Foundation Beyond Belief itself

Members join the Foundation by signing up for a monthly automatic donation in the amount of their choice, then set up personal profiles to indicate how they would like their contribution distributed among the ten categories.

Active members can advocate for causes and help us choose the new beneficiaries each quarter. We also host a multi-author blog focused on humanism, philanthropy, and the intersection of the two.

Carefully selected for impact and efficiency, our featured beneficiaries may be founded on any worldview so long as they act in accordance with humanist values including mutual care, responsibility, and free inquiry and do not proselytize. At the end of each quarter, 100 percent of the donations is forwarded and a new slate of beneficiaries selected.



The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women


Dorothy I. Height

"Ratifying CEDAW remains among the unfinished business

of the Civil Rights movement."


The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is a landmark international agreement that affirms principles of fundamental human rights and equality for women around the world. CEDAW is a practical blueprint for each country to achieve progress for women and girls.

CEDAW strengthens the United States as a global leader in standing up for women and girls. In countries that have ratified CEDAW, women have partnered with their governments to improve the status of women and girls, and as a result have changed laws and policies to create greater safety and opportunity for women and their families.


CEDAW can make a difference for women and girls, specifically to:

  • Reduce sex trafficking & domestic violence
  • Provide access to education & vocational training
  • Ensure the right to vote
  • End forced marriage & child marriage & ensure inheritance rights
  • Help mothers and families by providing access to maternal health care
  • Ensure the right to work & own a business without discrimination

The CEDAW agreement was adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly and entered into force in 1981. Almost all countries have ratified CEDAW - 187 out of 193 countries. Only six have not ratified including the United States, Sudan, Somalia, Iran, and two small Pacific Island nations (Palau and Tonga).

The American public strongly supports the principles and values of equality, fairness, education, and basic human rights. In the United States, the CEDAW treaty has been voted on favorably twice on a bipartisan basis by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (the Committee that typically reviews and votes on international treaties before they are considered by the full Senate), but the CEDAW treaty has never been brought to the Senate floor for a vote. Ratification of a treaty requires two-thirds of the Senate (67 out of 100 Senators) to vote for it.

Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton achieved the ratification of similar agreements on torture, genocide and race discrimination. Ratification of CEDAW would continue America’s proud bipartisan tradition of promoting and protecting human rights.






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