COLORADO FOR CEDAW:
A CITIES FOR CEDAW CAMPAIGN
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
WHAT IS CEDAW?
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, a United Nations treaty for all women’s equality. The only international human rights treaty that focuses on women’s rights and provides a universal definition of discrimination against women so those who would discriminate on the basis of sex can no longer claim that no clear definition exists. It also calls for action to eliminate discrimination in many areas including politics, law, employment, education, and health care.
The United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is the only international human rights treaty to focus exclusively on the rights of women. Adopted by many countries in 1979, CEDAW has been ratified by 187 of 193 UN member states worldwide. Although President Jimmy Carter signed the treaty in 1980, the United States is one of the six-member states, and the only industrial nation, that has failed to ratify CEDAW, joined by such countries as Iran and Somalia.
HOW CAN YOU ENGAGE IN THE CAMPAIGN?
The United Nations Association of the United States of America Boulder County invites you to become peer leaders in your community, city, or town.
You may also contact the UNA-USA Boulder County Advocacy Chair, Zuza Bohley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twelve cities – from San Francisco, CA to Louisville, KY – have either already passed an ordinance or are making serious progress towards an ordinance (such as passing a resolution that affirms support for the principles of CEDAW). Over two dozen more cities across the country have expressed interest in organizing to establish the principles of CEDAW locally, and the number continues to grow by the day.
For more resources on Cities for CEDAW, visit the Cities for CEDAW: A Campaign to Make the Global Local toolkit.