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Counties for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in Durham, NC

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Durham County has the potential to take a major step in addressing gender inequality in Durham by becoming the first county in North Carolina to adopt a resolution for CEDAW (Counties for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. This resolution will establish a sustainable mechanism for addressing gender inequities! Please sign this petition to support the passage of CEDAW in Durham! 

What is CEDAW?
The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, or CEDAW, is an international mechanism that outlines women’s fundamental human rights treaty. The Counties and Cities for CEDAW campaign is a national grassroots effort that provides tools and leadership to empower local women's organizations and municipalities to effectively protect women's human rights within their city, county, or state. 

Why CEDAW in Durham? 
Durham County, the average man earns more than $14,000 more each year than the average woman while women, ages 25-34, are the largest population of people in poverty. At least 13% of teenagers in the county have experienced sexual assault. For more statistics on these issues, check out and Durham continues to face gender inequity issues related to a lack of affordable housing, rates of unemployment, intimate partner violence, wage inequalities, healthcare and more. While Durham County is one of the most progressive counties in North Carolina, it has the potential to make enormous strides for women and girls! 

How CEDAW Works
While the federal government may not be willing to codify this convention into law, cities and counties across the country are playing an important role in implementing CEDAW, directly impacting the everyday lives of countless people in the United States. The North Carolina Cities and Counties for CEDAW Coalition brings together advocates, the Durham Women's Commission, university students, and government officials in North Carolina to implement the principles of CEDAW in our towns, cities, and counties through:

-Research conducted by university students and led by WomenNC and the North Carolina Coalition for CEDAW member organizations on women's health, economic disparities, childcare, violence against women, employment, education, and leadership. These research reports will emphasize the lives of African-American and immigrant women. 

-Reviews of these research reports by the Durham County Women's Commission to present an annual plan to the Durham County Commissioners with recommendations on policy changes and allocation of the budget for women-related programs. 

Since 1998, several counties and cities across the nation have adopted such an ordinance reflecting CEDAW principles such as Pittsburgh, Louisville, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Pale County, Miami, Tampa, Salt Lake City, Sarasota, New Orleans, Dale City, Eugene, Los Angeles, Berkley, and San Francisco. These cities and counties have used the CEDAW human rights framework to guide policymaking, developing a number of innovative programs and tools to advance women’s human rights.

This coalition welcomes multiple stakeholders including elected officials, commissions, the media, business, youth, NGOs, faith communities and women leaders. The campaign will focus on engaging advocates and government officials in communities of all sizes and regions. The coalition includes ActionNC, NC NOW, NC Women United, AAUW, League of Women Voters, United Nations Association of Wake County, UN WomenNC chapter, the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice, Durham NOW, and the Durham Women's Commission. 

We sign to encourage the Durham County Commissioners to pass CEDAW as a sustainable mechanism to address gender inequality in Durham. 

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