INTER-AMERICAN CONVENTION ON THE GRANTING OF POLITICAL RIGHTS TO
THE GOVERNMENTS REPRESENTED AT THE NINTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF AMERICAN STATES,
the majority of the American Republics, inspired by lofty principles of
justice, have granted political rights to women;
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
Resolution XX of the Eighth International Conference of American States
women have the right to political treatment on the basis of equality with
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,
authorize their respective Representatives, whose Full Powers have been
found to be in good and due form, to sign the following
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.
article 2. 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.
of the Delegation of Honduras.
Delegation of Honduras makes a reservation with respect to the granting of
political rights to women, in view of the fact that the political Constitution
of its country grants the prerogatives of citizenship to men only.
Declaration of the
Delegation of Mexico.
Delegation, in expressing its appreciation of the spirit that inspires the
present Convention, declares that it abstains from signing it inasmuch as,
according to Article 2, the Convention is open to signature by the American
States. The Government of Mexico reserves the right to adhere to the
Convention when, taking into consideration existing constitutional provisions
of Mexico, it considers such adherence appropriate.
RESERVATION MADE AT THE
TIME OF RATIFYING
Government of Guatemala makes a reservation with respect to the political rights
of women who are illiterate, inasmuch as Article 9(2) of the Constitution of
the Republic grants citizenship to
Guatemalan women over eighteen years of age
who know how to read and write.