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Urge Your Mayor to Implement CEDAW

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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. Although President Jimmy Carter signed the treaty in 1980, the United States is today one of only seven United Nations member states to not have ratified CEDAW, along with Iran, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan.

While the federal government may not be willing to codify this convention into law, cities across the country are playing an important role in implementing CEDAW, directly impacting the everyday lives of countless American women. In 1998, San Francisco became the first city in the world to adopt such an ordinance reflecting CEDAW. In the intervening years, the City and County has used the CEDAW human rights framework to guide its policymaking, developing a number of innovative programs and tools to advance women’s human rights. 

Given the success of the San Francisco ordinance, in 2014, the Cities for CEDAW campaign was launched to "make the global local" by promoting municipal-level adoption of CEDAW in 100 other cities across the country by September 2015. Mobilizing multiple stakeholders including elected officials, the media, business, youth, NGOs, faith communities and women leaders, the campaign will focus on engaging advocates and government officials in cities of all sizes and regions.

Today, I too commit to joining the campaign and initiating a process in my city to integrate women’s human rights standards into law. I pledge to advocate on behalf of local CEDAW implementation before my city officials, using the tools provided by Cities for CEDAW. I will also inform my local governing body of the following (3) requirements for a successful CEDAW implementation:

(1) Gender Analysis: The ordinance must designate a specified number of gender analyses of city departments and commissions or boards to occur each year to ensure that a gender lens is incorporated in all aspects of city policy, with a focus on the unique needs of women; 

(2) Oversight Body: An oversight body is necessary to ensure that appropriate and timely actions are taken to perform gender analyses and advance the goals of CEDAW; and 

(3) Funding: An allocation of $0.10-0.25 per woman in the jurisdiction is required to assist with the oversight body's efforts.

I am proud to be a partner in the Cities for CEDAW initiative. To help spread the word, I will also join the Cities for CEDAW Facebook group and share my efforts with my advocate networks.

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