Emails are most effective when they’re personal. In your letter, share:
(1) Why you signed;
(2) How the treaty can change the landscape for women and girls (by requiring nations to implement proven violence prevention strategies);
(3) Why their signature is crucial (to influence the influencers—the lawmakers, ambassadors, and heads of state who have the power to turn the treaty into global policy).
Here’s a sample email used by a fellow activist.
I number of years ago I learned about a rape that took place in my neighborhood. I knew about violence against women but the incident drove home for me the harsh reality that this violence is everywhere, around the world, but also in my community. The statistics are alarming: At least 1 in 3 women will be raped, beaten, or assaulted. That's 35% of the world's women.
But recently I learned about an initiative aimed at ending this violence, Every Woman Treaty. Every Woman Treaty is a campaign for a global treaty to end violence agains women and girls. Research shows that when nations adopt evidence-based interventions, rates of violence plummet. How we get nations to do that? A global treaty!
A treaty creates a legal mandate for nations to act on violence against women. It become law, requiring nations to implement strategies that have been proven to lower rates of violence.
Please join me in creating a safer and more just world for women and girls everywhere and sign on to the global movement for a treaty at everywoman.org.
I'd be happy to answer any questions you have about this effort for a treaty. you can also learn more at everywoman.org.
Thank you! Every signature helps to influence the influencers—the lawmakers, ambassadors, and heads of state who have the power to turn the treaty into global policy.
Together, let's make history!