Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence Inc. wrote:
SPAN is a human rights organization committed to ending violence against adults, youth and children through support, advocacy, education and community organizing. SPAN began providing services in 1979 and is crucial to the network of support that offers critical “safety net” services to vulnerable, low-income and at-risk populations. It is the only organization serving Boulder, western Broomfield, smaller towns and unincorporated Boulder County designed to provide shelter and advocacy for victims of interpersonal violence at a time when our community is experiencing higher domestic violence rates than national and state averages. 
Go to our FB page Cities for CEDAW Colorado to see the entire event/fund raising for the PURPLE PURSE! 

The Boulder County Commissioners signed a resolution for CEDAW on June 12, 2018. The City of Boulder received a proposal for an ordinance in June 2018. We hope to move forward in the city's work plan in 2019! 
Congratulations to all of our cities in Colorado that have stepped up in the last two years with our Task Force to support women and girls! 


The Status of Women in Colorado 2015 Highlights Report
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  • If current trends continue, women in Colorado will not see equal pay until the year 2057.

  • Women hold 42.0% of seats in the state legislature

  • Approximately 28.9 percent of those working in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields in Colorado are women, compared with 28.8 percent nationwide. 

DENVER FOR CEDAW - A Report on the Status of the Cities for CEDAW Campaign to Inform the Adoption of a CEDAW Ordinance in Denver 
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Daily Camera Editorial March 6, 2018:
Good day
I am Sharon Simmons, President of BPW Boulder/VP of Advocacy for BPW Colorado and one of the founding members of the Colorado for CEDAW Task Force. See for information on our work the last two years to obtain resolutions/ordinances in the state of Colorado. CEDAW is the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, as you may already know.
This message is being sent to ask you for letter of support for us to include in our proposal for an Ordinance in the City of Boulder. As you may have heard, Boulder signed a Resolution for Cities for CEDAW in October of 2017, after Lafayette and Louisville did the same. We are very excited to see cities joining us in a nationwide effort to support women/girls. Our task force is approaching Boulder soon and are looking for leaders such as yourself to write a letter/email to support our efforts in Boulder for an Ordinance. You will be supporting women all over the world, as well as right here in our back yard!
See our website for statistics that may help and/or letters from legislators already on our site. Notice the supporters on each tab. If you are not already on our site, let me know that I can use your statement on our site in support of our task force work moving ahead.  The more representatives we get to support us the better chance we have of obtaining more resolutions and ordinances in our great state of Colorado! If you check and click on RESOURCES you will see how many cities have resolutions/ordinances at this point. Colorado has three as of now, but have 11 cities we are working diligently on every day.
Thank you for helping us move forward with your support today!

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Cities for CEDAW Award to Be Given To Mayor Eric Garcetti and A Posthumous Award To Mayor Edwin Lee At NGO CSW Forum Consultation Day 
PRESS RELEASE Contact: Media communications

20 February – New York, NY – 

The NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY (NGO CSW/NY), one of three women's committees of CoNGO that advocates for women's rights and gender equality, today announced that Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles will be given the "Cities for CEDAW Global Leadership Award" on Consultation Day (11 March). He will share that honor with Mayor Edwin Mah Lee of San Francisco who will be given a posthumous award. Mayor Lee's award will be accepted by his wife, Anita Lee. This is the first time the NGO CSW/NY has given such an award that recognizes a mayor—of any gender—who has demonstrated outstanding leadership to implement the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in a city that has adopted CEDAW as a legally- ‐ binding ordinance.
The awards are given in recognition of these mayors' special contributions to the Cities for CEDAW campaign through gender budgeting and ensuring great equality for women and girls in private as well as public sectors.
Giving the keynote address on Consultation Day will be the NGOCSW NY's 2013 Woman of Distinction, Sizani Ngubane, Founder of the Rural Women's Movement in South Africa. Other events at the NGO CSW Forum Consultation Day include a performance by Young Dancers of Nepal and a conversation with Phumzile Mlambo- ‐Ngcuka, Under- ‐Secretary and Executive Director of UN Women, with H. E. Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason of Ireland, Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women.
The program also includes a Panel on "The Concerns of Rural Women" moderated by Esther Mwaura- ‐ GROOTS (Kenya). The panel includes, among others, Gia Gaspard Taylor- ‐ Network of Rural Women Producers (Trinidad and Tobago), Maria Luisa Mendonca- ‐ Network for Social Justice and Human Rights (Brazil), Ruth Faircloth- ‐ Rural Migrant Ministry (US), Hon. Marilou McPhedran (Canada), and Lilly Be'Soer- ‐ Voice for Change (Papua New Guinea). During the afternoon, there will be an exciting Interactive Media Session "Creating Change Through Communications" led by Sean Southey, President of PCI Media.
The program for the NGO CSW Forum Consultation Day is available online. The NGO CSW Forum Consultation Day will be held on Sunday, 11 March from 9am – 3:30 pm at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007. Registrationfor the NGO CSW Forum Consultation Day is now open. Reservations will be given on a first ‐come, first- served basis.
About the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY 
The NGO Committee on the Status of Women, NY (NGO CSW/NY) is a women's committee of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the UN (CoNGO). Under CoNGO's umbrella, the NGO CSW/NY committees helped plan the NGO Forums at the UN World conferences in Mexico, Copenhagen, Nairobi and Beijing. The NGO CSW/NY also organizes the NGO CSW Forum in partnership with other NGO CSWs, organizing Consultation Day in preparation for the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meetings. The committee is a volunteer- ‐based, non- ‐profit NGO funded largely by individual contributions.


Boulder, Colorado. Resolution No. 1219 passed October 24, 2017

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Lafayette, Colorado.  Resolution No. 2016-82 passed October 18, 2016

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Louisville, Colorado.  Resolution No. 26, Series 2017 passed June 6, 2017.

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Boulder County, Colorado, Resolution 2018-56​

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​Cities for CEDAW - 2008 House Joint Resolution 08-1009
Second Regular Session
Sixty‑sixth General Assembly
Borodkin,  Kerr J., Levy, Liston, Massey, McGihon, Peniston, Primavera, Riesberg, Roberts, Solano, and Todd
Concerning support for the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

WHEREAS, The United States supports and has been an active participant in the drafting of, and is a signatory to, the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, but the U.S. Senate has failed to ratify the Convention; and 

WHEREAS, The spirit of the Convention is rooted in the goals of the United Nations and the United States, to affirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, and in the equal rights of men and women; and 

WHEREAS, The Convention provides a comprehensive framework for challenging the various forces that have created and sustained discrimination based on gender against one‑half of the world's population; and 

WHEREAS, Although women have made major gains in the struggle for equality in social, business, political, legal, educational, and other fields during the past century, there is much yet to be accomplished; and 

WHEREAS, Through its support, leadership, and prestige, the United States can help create a world in which women are no longer discriminated against and have achieved one of the most fundamental of human rights, equality; and 

WHEREAS, In 1980, President Jimmy Carter signed the Convention and submitted it to the Senate for ratification; and 

WHEREAS, The U.S. is the only country to have signed but not ratified the convention; and 

WHEREAS, Ratification of the Convention would entitle the United States to join the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, which monitors reports of progress in the treatment of women from the countries that have ratified the Convention; and 

WHEREAS, As of November, 2007, a total of 185 countries have ratified or acceded to the Convention, and the state legislatures of more than 10 states have endorsed U.S. ratification; now, therefore, Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Sixty‑sixth General Assembly of the State of Colorado, the Senate concurring herein: That the members of the Colorado General Assembly support the continuing goals of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and strongly urge the United States Senate to ratify the Convention. Be It Further Resolved, That copies of this Joint Resolution be sent to the President of the United States, the Secretary of State of the United States, the President and the Secretary of the U.S. Senate, the Speaker and Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Chair and members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and to each member of the Colorado Congressional delegation.

​2017 IAOHRA Conference Support Resolution for CEDAW
2017 IAOHRA Conference
September 24 – 26
Seattle, Washington
Title: Gender Equity – a basic human right
Purpose:  To ensure equity, access and basic rights for women and girls
Whereas: the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the most comprehensive international human rights treaty for women, was adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly; and
Whereas: the U.S. was active in drafting CEDAW and President Jimmy Carter signed the treaty on July 17, 1980, within its first year; and
Whereas: the United States is one of only six UN member states that has not ratified CEDAW (Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Palau and Tonga); and
Whereas: the U.S. is the only industrialized country that has failed to ratify CEDAW, its credibility is compromised as a world leader in both human rights and women’s rights; and
Whereas: although the treaty was transmitted to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in November 1980, CEDAW has never come before the full Senate for a vote on ratification; and 
Whereas: almost 200 diverse national organizations support the ratification of CEDAW and participate in the national CEDAW Task Force convened by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; and  
Whereas: in 1998, San Francisco became the first city in the world to enact a local ordinance reflecting the principles of CEDAW, and, since then, other cities, including Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Honolulu and several other communities have adopted the principles of the global treaty locally; and
 Whereas: in 2013, a unique public-private collaboration launched an effort called “Cities for CEDAW” to offer support to local communities to advance CEDAW principles to achieve gender equity, and Women’s Intercultural Network (WIN) created a platform,, for coalitions communications and collaborations. ; and
Whereas: in 2014, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, representing over 1,400 mayors from across the country, adopted a resolution in support of the Cities for CEDAW Initiative at its Annual Meeting; and
Whereas: as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations has identified “achieving gender equity and empowering all women and girls” as a Sustainable Development Goal;
Whereas: The International Association of Official Human Right Agencies (IAOHRA) goals are “to foster human and intergroup relations to enhance human rights practices under law, and to promote civil and human rights around the world”;
Therefore, be it resolved, that The IAOHRA urges its members to support municipal, county and state-wide efforts to implement policies that advance gender equity and the principles of CEDAW.
Therefore, be it further resolved, that IAOHRA will prepare guidelines to assist Human Rights Organizations support local coalitions or initiate programs to seek gender equity.”  


Denver Office of Human Resources, Gender Pay Equity Analysis, Executive Summary, April, 2017

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CEDAW:  Some Myths & Facts


CEDAW is a 'non-self-executing’ treaty, meaning that legislation to implement any treaty provision would come before the H & S the same as any other bill.  The CEDAW Committee’s formal ‘conclusions’ are only recommendations about how countries can move forward on women’s equality.  No changes in US domestic law would be required for US to be in treaty compliance.


It would not authorize any lawsuit not already allowed under US Law.  The terms resemble those of CERD the Convention to Eliminate all forms of Racial Discrimination, which the US ratified in 1994—with no resulting flurry of frivolous lawsuits.

Traditional Family

Treaty does not seek to regulate family life.  It only urges Governments‘ to adopt education & public info programs to eliminate prejudices & current practices that hinder the full operation of the principle of the social equality of women.’ Article 5 is closely linked to the elimination of violence against women. It urges public info programs, which are now fairly commonplace in US.

Women in Armed Combat

There is no reference in the treaty to women in the military or women in combat.  In 1997, the CEDAW Committee report urged ‘full participation of women in the military in decision-making, negotiations and peace-making to take note of the effect upon women & families of military decisions in times of conflict.'

The Koran

When Libya ratified the Convention it expressed reservations about article 2 which calls for an end to all legal forms of discrimination against women.  The Comm questioned Libya’s reservation and called upon L to explain why the Resvtn, which prevents women from attaining full institutional equality, is still intact.  Despite this the Comm noted positive developments, such as admission of women to the judiciary, restricting polygamy, & setting the min age for marriage.


The US State Dept has concluded that CEDAW is ‘abortion neutral’.  Abortion is a crime in several State parties to CEDAW such as Rwanda & Ireland.  The Comm has complained that women in Ireland do not have sufficient access to reproductive health services, & has recommended that the Gov’t improve family planning services & the availability of contraception.  The Comm has also repeatedly expressed its concerns about the high rate of abortions in the Russian Federation, Belarus, Sri Lanka, Estonia, & other countries.  ‘As far as the Convention is concerned, abortion was not a part of women’s reproductive rights.’

Sex Education in Schools

In Romania, the Comm urged a systematic inclusion of sex education in the schools because of the high rates of abortion & maternal mortality.


CEDAW: The Treaty for the Rights of Women, 2004, Compiled by L. Milani, S. Albert, & K. Purushotma


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