Cities for CEDAW
The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is the only international human rights treaty to focus exclusively on the rights of women. CEDAW has been ratified by 187 of 193 UN member states worldwide. Although it was signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, the United States Senate has failed to ratify CEDAW. In 1998, San Francisco became the first city in the world to adopt an ordinance reflecting the principles of CEDAW. In 2013, the Department launched the Cities for CEDAW campaign in partnership with the NGO Committee on the Status of Women (NGO CSW/NY) and the Women’s Intercultural Network (WIN). In 2015, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights joined the campaign to help build capacity and provide educational resources to inform and mobilize individuals to take action in their local areas.
The purpose of the Cities for CEDAW campaign is to "make the global local" by harnessing the power of cities and promoting the adoption of CEDAW as a municipal ordinance to create a framework for improving the status of women and girls. The campaign is a grassroots effort that provides tools and leadership to empower local women's, civil, and human rights organizations and municipalities to effectively implement CEDAW within their city, county, town, or state. The Cities for CEDAW campaign focuses on the adoption of a CEDAW measure in your community that fulfills three requirements – a gender analysis of city operations (workforce, programs, budget), an oversight body, and funding to support the implementation of the principles of CEDAW. The goal is for 100 cities to adopt a CEDAW measure in the U.S.
RESOURCES AND TOOLS
- Cities for CEDAW Fact Sheet
- Top 10 Achievements of San Francisco CEDAW Ordinance
- How to Talk about CEDAW to your Elected Officials
- San Francisco CEDAW Ordinance
- Local CEDAW Ordinance Template
- Visit the Cities for CEDAW Campaign Website for additional information, resources, and tools
Former San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee sponsored a resolution adopted at the June 2014 US Conference of Mayors to urge fellow mayors across the country to take action to become a CEDAW City!
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