Cities for CEDAW

Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

CEDAW (Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) is an international treaty adopted by the UN in 1979 that has yet to be ratified by the U.S Senate. Cities for CEDAW is a campaign to protect the rights of women and girls by passing ordinances establishing the principles of CEDAW in cities and towns across the United States.

About the Program

The Cities for CEDAW campaign is a grassroots effort that provides tools and leadership to empower local women’s, civil and human rights organizations and municipalities to effectively initiate CEDAW within their city, county, town, or state.

These ordinances work to ‘make the global local’ and protect women and girls by requiring three key components:

  • A gender analysis of city departments and operations;
  • An oversight body to monitor the implementation of a local CEDAW ordinance
  • Funding to support the implementation of the principles of CEDAW.

WomenNC is the lead organization for the Cities for CEDAW campaign in North Carolina. Due in large measure to the organizing and advocacy efforts of WomenNC staff, Board, and volunteers, two municipalities, Durham County and Durham City have passed resolutions in support of CEDAW.  These resolutions create a backbone for municipal staff, councils, commissions, and other stakeholders to effect systematic change to improve the lives of women and girls in their communities.

Our Recent Work with Cities for CEDAW

WomenNC continues to work with the Durham Women’s Commission and the Durham Mayor’s Council for Women to end gender discrimination by providing research and advocacy around issue of concern to women.

Bridget Pittman-Blackwell
An Examination of Dress Code Policies Influencing Body Shame, Sexualization and the Learning Environment of African American Middle School Girls
Isa van der Drift
Barriers to Reproductive Health and Economic Empowerment in Durham, NC
Jackie Lanning
The Impact of Environmental Toxins on Maternal & Child Health in Durham, North Carolina
Samia Noor
How to Reduce Violence Against Women Who Experience Intimate Partner Violence in Durham, North Carolina

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