CEDAW in the News
IPS (Inter Press Service News Agency) showcased San Francisco's CEDAW Ordinance, as well as the new Gender Equality Principles Initiative, in a November 2009 article: For U.S., Lessons in CEDAW from San Francisco.
The Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies released State and Local Human Rights Agencies: Recommendations for Advancing Opportunity and Equality Through an International Human Rights Framework (external pdf). This report highlights ways in which an international human rights framework can advance the work of state and local human rights agencies. It recommends reforms at the national level to create a better system of accountability around the United States ' domestic and international human rights obligations and enhanced coordination and support for state and local efforts. San Francisco 's CEDAW Ordinance and related efforts by the Department on the Status of Women have been featured in a case study in this exciting report.
Ms. Magazine put a spotlight on San Francisco's local Women's Human Rights Ordinance in the January 2009 edition. Read the article now (external link). Also, the International Museum of Women documents the power of the CEDAW Ordinance in its online exhibition, Women, Power and Politics, in the article, CEDAW in San Francisco: From International Human Rights to Local Policies for Women (external links).
American City and County, an online resource, recently profiled Fulton County, GA (which includes Atlanta), for its Gender Responsive Budgeting Initiative. In 2008, the Department trained Fulton County officials on this valuable tool, and the article highlights the benefits this work has had since the Department began providing technical assistance.
Employment and Economics
2009 Stimulus Act
In 2009, President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment (Stimulus) Act to support the country in its recovery from the economic crisis. The Department on the Status of Women is particularly concerned with ensuring that women inSan Francisco are able to benefit from this new funding. On March 25, the Commission held a public hearing to address this issue, and the Department has collected a number of resources to support women during these challenging economic times. On December 7, the Board of Supervisors hosted a hearing on this topic in partnership with the Department.
- Overview of March 25, 2009 Hearing on the Impact of the Economic Crisis on Women and Girls
- Transcript of the March 25, 2009 Hearing
- Stimulus Act Resources
- Women's E-News Article: Women Need to Know their New Jobless Benefits. The bad news is that so many people are losing their jobs. The good news, says Mimi Abramovitz, are 3 new rules about jobless benefits in the Stimulus Act that are bound to help women and correct a major gender bias.
United Ways Bay Area Guide for Hard Times - This guide was developed to help people through the hard times – whether you can’t find a job, you have a job but you can’t get enough hours and pay per hour to make ends meet, or you just lost your job or anticipate losing your job and you need some help in the transition period. Getting the services you need, getting on top of limited financial resources and knowing your rights can all help you during these stressful times.
Mayor's Office of Housing: The Mayor’s Office of Housing has received a special Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) allocation of $9.8 million dollars to prevent families from losing their homes to foreclosure under the 2008 Housing Assistance Tax Act. This funding provides homeowners with a vehicle to refinance sub-prime loans into traditional 30 year loans that they can afford. In addition, the funding can be used by first time homebuyers to purchase bank owned and short sale properties.
The Department of Labor, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, is busy ensuring women receive the benefits of ARRA 2009 funds. Visit the Department of Labor website for information about upcoming events, workshops, forums, and webinars related to employment rights.
The California Budget Project analyzed the impact of the Great Recession on women. Take a look at their policy brief, "How the Other Half Fared" (external link).
The Center for American Progress released "How to Make the American Recovery Act Work for Women" in July 2010.
In anticipation of large numbers of Californians losing unemployment insurance, Western Center on Law and Poverty worked with legislators and department leadership to design a flyer of resources for unemployed people (pdf).
Commissions on Women
US 2009 Health Care Reform Bill: Read a fact sheet explaijing how the reforms will benefit women.