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.
WHAT IS CEDAW?
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.
WHAT IS THE CITIES FOR CEDAW CAMPAIGN:
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).
WHY DO WE NEED A CITIES FOR CEDAW CAMPAIGN:
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.
HOW CAN YOU ENGAGE IN THE CAMPAIGN?
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:
CEDAW Ordnance Template for your city.
“Nuts and Bolts: City Action Plan to implement CEDAW” (pdf)
For more mayors and videos about Cities for CEDAW, see Cities for CEDAW YouTube Channel.
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