Sunday, October 1, 2017
Cities for CEDAW was launched in 2013 at a meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), with three founding partners: NGO/CSW NY; The Women’s Intercultural Network (WIN); and The San Francisco Department on the Status of Women. 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 to promote adoption of CEDAW principles.
Steadily since 2013, cities and counties have been joining the campaign and endorsing CEDAW as a guiding principle for local policy.
As of September 11, 2017, the latest "Community for CEDAW" is Durham County, North Carolina -- the first city or county in North Carolina to become a CEDAW community.
The CEDAW framework is already poised to make a difference for Durham County residents. According to the press information released by the NC Coalition for CEDAW, "[f]or the past year, research conducted by university students and led by WomenNC and the North Carolina Coalition for CEDAW member organizations focused on women's health, economic disparities, childcare, violence against women, employment, education, and leadership in Durham County. These research reports emphasized the lives of African-American and immigrant women. Examination of these research reports by the Durham County Women's Commission led to the development and presentation of an annual plan to the Durham County Commissioners with recommendations on policy changes and allocation of the budget for women-related programs."
The NC Coalition for CEDAW plans to continue efforts to adoption of CEDAW to other communities in the state.