Inter-American Convention on the Granting of Political Rights to Women
Done at: Bogota
Date enacted: 1948-05-02
In force: 1949-04-22
The Governments represented at the Ninth International Conference of American States,
That the majority of the American Republics, inspired by lofty principles of justice, have granted political rights to women;
That it has been a constant aspiration of the American community of nations to equalize the status of men and women in the enjoyment and exercise of political rights; That Resolution XX of the Eighth International Conference of American States expressly declares:
"That women have the right to political treatment on the basis of equality with men";
That long before the women of America demanded their rights they were able to carry out nobly all their responsibilities side by side with men;
That the principle of equality of human rights for men and women is contained in the Charter of the United Nations,
To authorize their respective Representatives, whose Full Powers have been found to be in good and due form, to sign the following articles:
The High Contracting Parties agree that the right to vote and to be elected to national office shall not be denied or abridged by reason of sex.
The present Convention shall be open for signature by the American States and shall be ratified in accordance with their respective constitutional procedures. The original instrument, the English, French, Portuguese and Spanish texts of which are equally authentic, shall be deposited with the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States, which shall transmit certified copies to the Governments for the purpose of ratification. The instruments of ratification shall be deposited with the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States, which shall notify the signatory Governments of the said deposit. Such notification shall serve as an exchange of ratifications.