Support Gender Equality at Aug 27 Palo Alto City Council Meeting

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Support Gender Equality Initiative at August 27th Palo Alto City Council Meeting (Updated)

On Tuesday, August 27, 2018, the Palo Alto City Council will consider a gender equality ordinance recommended by the Palo Alto Human Relations Commission (HRC). The recommendation, introduced by Commissioner Steven Lee and passed unanimously by the HRC at its February 8, 2018 meeting, calls upon the Palo Alto City Council to enact a gender equality ordinance, based on the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which would establish a city task force responsible for studying gender equality issues within the City of Palo Alto and proposing policies to comprehensively and systematically address gender equality issues within the City. 

With so many other issues on the City Council's agenda for the year, this initiative won't get the attention and time it deserves without community support.

If you believe gender equality is still an issue in 2018 and that the City of Palo Alto should take additional steps to address it once and for all, please sign this petition, send an email of support to city.council@cityofpaloalto.org and come and speak in support of the HRC's recommendation at the City Council's August 27th meeting. 

Wear suffragette white to show your support!

Location:
Palo Alto City Hall
250 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301

Time: Meeting starts at 7:00pm

Meeting Agenda to be posted soon.

If you have questions about this initiative or want to get involved, please contact Commissioner Steven Lee* at stevendlee@gmail.com.

Supporters:

American Association of University Women, Palo Alto Branch

League of Women Voters of Palo Alto

United Nations Association, Midpeninsula Chapter

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Peninsula Palo Alto Branch

 

Resources:

Stanford Daily Article on the HRC's Recommendation: https://www.stanforddaily.com/2018/02/13/city-of-palo-alto-votes-in-favor-of-gender-equality-ordinance/

June 12, 2018 City Council Agenda (Item #2 scheduled for 7:45-8:15pm): https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?t=46779.73&BlobID=65310

HRC Memo - CEDAW Committee's Recommendation to HRC for CEDAW Ordinance: https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/documents/63325

Minutes from HRC's February 8th Meeting: https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/documents/63879

Video from HRC's February 8th Meeting: http://midpenmedia.org/human-relations-commission-30-2/

Staff Report from HRC's February 8th Meeting: http://midpenmedia.org/human-relations-commission-30-2/

Cities for CEDAW: http://citiesforcedaw.org/about-us/

League of Women Voters of Palo Alto - Letter of Support: https://www.scribd.com/document/371072674/League-of-Women-Voters-of-Palo-Alto-Letter-of-Support-for-HRC-CEDAW-Recommendation

Commissioner Steven Lee: https://www.facebook.com/StevenLeePaloAlto/ and 
https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/boards/hrc_bios/default.asp 

*Note: This page was created by Commissioner Steven Lee, in his individual capacity and by other members of the public & community groups who support this gender equality initiative. This page was not created or authorized by the Palo Alto Human Relations Commission or by the City of Palo Alto.

 

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UPDATE: Rescheduled for August 27th. 

UPDATE: This item has been rescheduled (again) for August 20th. If you think the City Council is taking way too long to consider the HRC's recommendation and begin what is already a long process by directing staff to explore and draft an ordinance, please let them know by emailing them at city.council@cityofpaloalto.org. *Remember this is just the first of many steps. Staff needs to receive direction from City Council to explore and draft an ordinance, then that draft ordinance has to come back to Council for its consideration and adoption. Only then can a gender equality task force begin the more important and difficult work of examining gender equality issues in the city and making policy recommendations. We still have a long way to go and its shocking how long its taking to complete what is and should be the easiest and quickest step in the process.

 



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