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What is WomenNC's Initiative: Cities for CEDAW?

August 17, 2023

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 became the first regions in North Carolina to pass resolutions in support of CEDAW by respectively, creating sustainable mechanisms for ensuring gender equity by requiring them to evaluate their programs and budgets annually to ensure that each addresses barriers to equality faced by women.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.

On 9 December, NGO CSW/NY hosted an official side event The Summit for Democracy convened by the U.S. Department of State, Democracy for Human Rights Through CEDAW.  The presentation by Soon Young-Yoon of the International Alliance of Women explains why the Cities for CEDAW movement is imperative for the United States, one of only a very few countries that have not adopted the international Human right's treaty, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, at the national level.  WomenNC is the lead organization of the NC Coalition for CEDAW and leads the effort in North Carolina. Durham City and County have adopted resolutions in support of CEDAW.  Help us make more cities and counties more equal places for women by donating TODAY!

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