Wednesday, April 11, 2018
When the Cities for CEDAW campaign was launched at the UN Commission of the Status of Women meeting in 2013, it aimed to enlist 100 cities within a year. That ambitious effort fell short, but the Cities for CEDAW effort has kept up the momentum in the subsequent years, with consistent gains across the country
Maybe Chicago -- which has not yet joined the other major cities on the roster like Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and San Francisco -- will be next. On April 27, at 6 p.m., the UN Association of Chicago will sponsor a panel discussion on Cities for CEDAW, and why the movement is important. More information on the event is here. If you live or work in Chicago, try to attend. And if you have friends in Chicago, let them know.
But if you're not in Chicago, don't mourn. Think about how to connect with interested folks in your own town or city. UNA Women is actively promoting the Cities for CEDAW campaign nationwide, and they have chapters in many cities across the country.
If you want to know more about the campaign, a new article by Dr. Malliga Och of Idaho State University, in the March issue of the International Feminist Journal of Politics, examines the movement. Here's the Abstract for the article "The Local Diffusion of International Norms: Understanding the Cities for CEDAW Campaign":