Why Louisville? Why CEDAW? Why Now?

On Jan. 20 cities across the U.S. discussed and explored the benefits of implementing CEDAW (UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) at the local level. The CEDAW gathering at First Unitarian Church, included a virtual national conference call, a meet and greet, an expert panel discussion and a reception.

"Sariena Sampson, Gretchen Hunt, Marta Miranda and Gabriela Alcalde."

Read the article that appeared in The Voice – Tribune about this event.

National Virtual Social Conference Call with Community Conversations

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Join us for a National Virtual Social Conference Call with Community Conversations
taking place in many cities throughout the USA
11:30 AM (PST)   12:30 AM  (MT)   1:30 AM ( CST)   2:30 (EST)
sign up for the National Call here.
The National Event 
 Cities for CEDAW is part of the NGO CSW/NY Beijing + 20 campaign.  USNC-UN Women is a co-organizer of a national conference on Cities for CEDAW with the NGO CSW/NY Committee.  San Francisco is designated the peer leader the the US with the leadership of Marilyn Fowler, President and CEO of the Women’s Intercultural Network (WIN) and Dr. Emily Murase, Executive Director on the Status of Women, San Francisco.  the chair of this national conference is Krishanti Dharmaraj, CEO of the Dignity Index Group, who spearheaded the adoption of CEDAW as a City ordinance in San Francisco in 1998.  See the event conference briefing below:

Cities for CEDAW National Conference

January 20 2015

Co-organized by NGO CSW/NY and United States National Committee for UN Women (USNC-UN Women) (Version 5 January 2015) The Event Cities for CEDAW is part of the NGO CSW/NY Beijing + 20 campaign. USNC-UN Women will be a co-organizer of a national conference on Cities for CEDAW with the NGO CSW/NY Committee on 20 January (11:30 am to 1:00 pm PST and 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm EST). San Francisco is designated the peer leader for the US with the leadership of Dr. Emily Murase, Executive Director of the Department on the Status of Women, San Francisco and Marilyn Fowler, President and CEO of the Women’s Intercultural Network (WIN). The chair of this national conference is Krishanti Dharmaraj, CEO of the Dignity Index Group, who spearheaded the adoption of CEDAW as a city ordinance in San Francisco in 1998. Why? The short-term goal is to have city governments pass CEDAW as a city ordinance. The campaign will culminate in the US National Mayor’s Conference in San Francisco, June 2015. Thus far, more than 250 US mayors have supported a CEDAW resolution and cities such as Los Angeles, Berkeley, and Portland have passed ordinances. The long-term goal is to ensure that CEDAW at the local level is integrated into the UN sustainable development agenda and UN Habitat III. How is this different from the previous US campaigns on CEDAW? Previous campaigns on CEDAW in the US have often focused on ratification of CEDAW by the Senate (President Carter signed in 1980). In contrast, this campaign is about implementing CEDAW at the municipal level. How will the conference work? The conference will be both virtual and local. On January 20, 2015, groups gathered in cities across the US will join a virtual conference (using Maestro Conference – sponsored by the NGO CSW/NY committee). The software can accommodate up to 5,000 participants as well as virtual breakout sessions. Participants may join using their computers or mobile phones/devices. This will be a combined virtual and real-time conference held all across the US in different cities including New York City, San Francisco, Washington DC, Louisville, Kansas City and Raleigh. NGOs such as UN/USA, the National Council of Women, Amnesty International/USA and Third Wave are expected to participate in panels and receptions as well as mayors from San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington DC. WHY? How is this different from the previous US campaigns on CEDAW?

The Local Bay Area Event…
Join us to participate in global initiatives for women’s human rights at local level with community conversations.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015,  9:30 – 4:30 PM
African American Art & Culture Center
762 Fulton Street
San Francsico, CA  94102
Program summary and Registration are Available on:   Tinyurl.com/Cities4CEDAW
No early bird registration:  Price holds at $50.00,  and Students $25.00
MORE INFORMATION:  WIN   415-221-4841

An exclusive CEDAW event in San Francisco with Dr. Soon – Young Yoon

BASF’s International Human Rights Section, Women’s Intercultural Network, and the International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law (IANGEL) proudly present:
Beijing+20: An Update on the UN Convention to End all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

Dr. Soon-Young Yoon
First Vice-President, Conference of Non-Governmental Org.
Chair, United Nations NGO,
Committee on the Status of Women – New York
UN representative, International Alliance of Women

Krishanti Dharmaraj
Executive Director, IANGEL

It has now been nearly 20 years since the historic United Nations Conference on the Status of Women in Beijing, and time for a critical assessment of the Platform for Action. Join us for an informative discussion with a key player in the international effort to implement CEDAW and the Millennium Development Goals.
Section Co-Chairs: Michael Sorgen, Law Offices of Michael S. Sorgen & Almudena Bernabeu, International Attorney, Center for Justice.


Join us this Tuesday! Check out our flyer and registration form available here (pdf).

Call to Action: Senator Boxer Holds Senate Hearing on CEDAW and VAW


U.S. CALL to ACTION: Senator Boxer is holding a Senate hearing on Tuesday, June 24 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Please see the attached document (Joint NGO Statement for June 24 SFRC Hearing) to see how your NGO can engage in her efforts!

Senator Boxer will address VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) as a critical issue to approve this year and the importance of CEDAW as the tool to end violence against women.  Where CEDAW has /is being implemented, it has had a major impact on violence against women and trafficking.

This hearing won’t do it in a day, but if the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will pick up on this and hold major hearings on CEDAW and then recommend passage/ratification to the Senate, it will get it in front of the U.S. public.

This is where we come in –  if we/ Cities for CEDAW can build a movement on the ground in support from 100 US mayors the Senate will be encouraged to ratify.

Cities for CEDAW is building a U.S. Campaign for U.S. Mayors’ commitment to implementing CEDAW in their cities.  You can help us in this effort by getting your NGO or group involved!

Go Senator Boxer!



The Civil Society/ Non-governmental Organization Cities for CEDAW Campaign is being led by the Women’s Intercultural Network (WIN), an NGO Consultative to the UN Economic and Social Council since 1998. We believe that an implemented CEDAW can help to create a more civil society in the world and safe, healthy, sustainable cities. We invite you to join with us to “bring the global local “ – bring CEDAW to the grassroots of America for implementation.

In 1998, the combined city and county governments of San Francisco adopted a breakthrough ordinance implementing and enforcing the provisions of CEDAW within municipal government. You can follow this weblog for all you need to know to make your city a CEDAW city.

In 1995 WIN brought the Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) from the 4th World Conference on Women to California for implementation at the grassroots with the California Women’s Agenda (CAWA). We look forward to the 20th Anniversary of that BPFA and CAWA in 2015 with a resolution signed by 100 US Mayors to implement CEDAW in their cities.

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, a United Nations treaty for all women’s equality. The only international human rights treaty that focuses on women’s rights and provides a universal definition of discrimination against women so those who would discriminate on the basis of sex can no longer claim that no clear definition exists. It also calls for action to eliminate discrimination in many areas including politics, law, employment, education and health care. Read more here: Feminist Majority Foundation – CEDAW.

A national campaign with peer leaders WIN and the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women (SFDOSW) culminating in strong public commitments to enforceable CEDAW ordinances in 100 US cities supported by a Resolution (pdf) at the US Mayor’s Conference in San Francisco, June, 2015. See the attached Cities for CEDAW Concept Note (pdf).

The US signed CEDAW in 1979, but the US Senate has not ratified it despite on-going advocacy in favor of ratification from diverse civil society organizations working at the national level. Los Angeles has since adopted a similar ordinance to San Francisco. Mayors of both San Francisco and Los Angeles believe that the CEDAW ordinances have materially improved the lives of women in their municipalities and fostered more transparent and accountable governance.

By engaging 98 additional U.S. cities in implementing CEDAW, this campaign hopes to increase awareness of, strong support for CEDAW implementation and demonstrate its usefulness as a tool for achieving gender equity: in political participation and representation, in income and earnings, in access to healthcare throughout the life cycle and in public and personal safety. This mobilization of civic engagement for Mayoral action in 2015 should create conditions under which the U.S. senate will ratify CEDAW.

We invite you to become peer leaders in your city or village. If you are an NGO, connect with a governmental organization, or with an NGO if you are governmental. This partnership is critical for success.

We will have a sign up survey available soon. In the meantime here are some of the resources in our Tool Kit:

Cities for CEDAW Fact Sheet

CEDAW Ordnance Template for your city.

Nuts and Bolts: City Action Plan to implement CEDAW” (pdf)

How to Organize a City Coalition with Marilyn Fowler, WIN President and CEO
Part 1: UNCSW 58
Part 2: UNCSW 58

CEDAW Resolution for US Mayors to sign (pdf).

“Making Rights Real” workbook (pdf).

For more mayors and videos about Cities for CEDAW, see Cities for CEDAW YouTube Channel.


For more about WIN, see our Website, Facebook, and weblog.

For more about our co leader, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, They are working with the mayors and governmental entities. For more about that phase of the campaign, see the Cities for CEDAW Facebook. link