March 2nd Newsletter


March 2nd Newsletter

2017 Durham Local to Global Women Forum is a Success!

Activists, students, and Durham community members gathered on Thursday, February 23rd to show their support for the #CEDAWforDurham campaign and see presentations from local politicians, community leaders, and the 2017 WomenNC CSW Fellows. Highlights included keynote speaker Durham County Commissioner Brenda Howerton, the CEDAW award for an outstanding community member award being presented to Durham community organizer Camryn Smith, and presentations from the CSW Fellows. Event attendees learned that women in Durham County make on average $10,000 less than men, that 13% of teenagers in Durham experienced sexual assault in 2013, and that there is a lack of data about reproductive health services in the prison system of Durham County. The full reports from the fellows’ research can be found on our website. More than 200 attendees gathered in the beautiful conference room at the Durham County Human Services building in downtown Durham to advocate for and celebrate the vibrant Durham community.

Next Steps for the Fellows

The UN CSW Fellows will embark on their trip to the UN for the Commission on the Status of Women Conference on March 15th, where they will present their research and represent North Carolina on the global stage.

See the 2017 CSW fellows again at their reflection event on April 6th, after they return from their presentations at the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York. This event will be held at the Duke Freeman Center for Jewish Life.

Support WomenNC

If you attended our event and were impressed by the advocacy work done by WomenNC and the presentations of our 2017 CSW Fellows, WomenNC would like to thank you for your participation and contribution to making the event a success. If you’d like to continue to support WomenNC, please consider donating to our organization. It costs $3200 to send one fellow to the UN, and we’d like to broaden our impact on youth in NC and the future of our community by increasing the number of fellows we support. In addition, our advocacy work requires funding for our minimal overhead costs: printing costs, registration fees for conferences to share our vision with other like-minded activists, creating pamphlets and banners, etc. We appreciate any support that you can provide to raise a generation to honor women’s human rights.


Cities for CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women) is a nationwide, grassroots effort to encourage local governments to become more gender equitable. Research shows that inadvertant discrimination is common without a proactive review of city activities. CEDAW ordinances require cities to evaluate their programs and budgets and ensure they affect men and women equitably. It is a process, a fairer way of operating. Learn more »

WomenNC UN CSW Fellowships are awarded to young women and men in order to conduct and present research on an issue that affects women and girls at the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) conferences in New York City. Learn more »


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