CSW Fellowship Application Open Until September 25th
Encourage the young women in your life to apply for the CSW Fellowship. Applications are due on midnight on September 25th.
WomenNC UN CSW Fellowships are awarded to young women and men to conduct original gender equity research in City of Durham following the principles of the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. CSW Fellows then present this research on an issue that affects women and girls at the United Nations� Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) conference in New York City, where they will interact with people from over 180 countries. Fellows also engage with the Durham City Council and other elected officials, gain public speaking experience, and hone their leadership and advocacy skills.
There will be information sessions about the CSW fellowship held at the following institutions on the following dates:
Meredith College – Monday, August 29; 7-8 p.m.
North Carolina State University – Wednesday, August 31; 7-8 p.m.
Duke University – Wednesday, September 14; 5-6 p.m.
August 26th is Women’s Equality Day
By WomenNC President Beth Dehghan
Women’s Equality Day is a day to rejoice and celebrate because of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, granting the women the right to vote in 1920. The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but it also calls attention to continued efforts in removing the obstacles towards full equality.
Women’s effort toward full equality has resulted in gradual improvements for women in education, economic opportunity, and leadership. The number of female representatives in the United States Congress has increased annually by 1% since the passage of the 19th amendment. Currently, 19.4% of the US Congress are women and in 2016, Hillary Clinton was the first female presidential nominee for a major political party.
Of women aged 25 to 64 years old who are in the labor force, the proportion with a college degree more than tripled from 1970 to 2013. Women’s earnings compared with men’s earnings also have grown over time. In 1979, women working full time earned 62 percent of what men earned; in 2013, women’s earnings were 82 percent of men’s.
From 1999-2010, between 60 and 62 percent of associate degrees were earned by women, and women earned between 57 and 58 percent of bachelor’s degrees. The proportion of degrees earned by women in both master’s and doctoral programs increased from 1999-2010. Overall, between 1993 to 2003, the number of female students rose 19 percent.
While WomenNC celebrates Women’s Equality Day and recognizes our achievements, we are continuing to fight for elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, tackling issues such as violence against women, the wage gap, reproductive justice, poverty, and maternal health, all of which are included in the 30 articles of CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women). The passage of CEDAW in North Carolina communities is the most effective and practical step to address all women-related issues as urgently as they require.
Join WomenNC for our Fall Event, CEDAW and Fellowship: Voices for Women
Grab a glass of wine and join us in a night of celebration and friendship to discuss local women’s human rights advocacy work!
Meet the 2016-2017 WomenNC fellows, learn more about Durham Cities for CEDAW (Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) and see a Vagina Monologues Performance.
Earlybird tickets: $10 (available until September 30th, 2016) General admission tickets: $15
WomenNC wants to remind ALL women that your vote is powerful and must be heard! No matter your party affiliation, voting is a fundamental right that people gave their lives for and should not be taken for granted. Please make sure you are registered to vote at your current address! Not sure if you are registered to vote? Check here.
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.