Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women

Even Iran ratified the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women before they vetoed it. So cities are taking matters into their own hands with #CitiesForCEDAW

WoMen Fight AntiSemitism is calling upon the United States, one of four countries that have not joined CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women), the only international human rights treaty to protect Women’s Rights, along with Iran, Palau and Tongo, to ratify CEDAW Now. Meanwhile, sister #Cities4CEDAW are working hard to ratify CEDAW city-by-city.

The CEDAW Chairperson position is currently held by Dalia Leinart. The US lags so far behind in gender parity in fair representation. http://indicators.ohchr.org/ 

#Cities4CEDAW #RatifyERA #DoubleUP

President Carter signed and sent CEDAW to the U.S. Senate for advice and consent in 1980. It remains in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. The Senate has held hearings on CEDAW since but has failed to bring the treaty to a vote on the floor.

Cities for CEDAW

Cities for CEDAW is a nationwide, grassroots effort to encourage local governments to become more gender equitable. Research shows that inadvertent discrimination is common without a proactive review of city activities. CEDAW ordinances require cities to evaluate their programs and budgets and ensure they affect men and women equitably. It is a process, a fairer way of operating, not a separate program. If there is no discrimination, great! But where it is found, these laws help cities make changes to become more equitable.
But what is CEDAW?  It is the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). This is the only international human rights treaty that focuses entirely on ending discrimination against women. It addresses important issues such as:
            ●  Equal pay for women
            ●  Elimination of violence against women
            ●  Support for families and caregivers
CEDAW was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1979, more than 35 years ago, yet the UNITED STATES is one of only six countries - out of 196 nations - that still has not ratified this treaty.* In the meantime, the Cities for CEDAW campaign is bringing these rights to our cities.

Source: https://www.unwomen-usnc.org/gcc/cedaw

Who else is supporting CEDAW?

Nationally, organizations endorsing CEDAW include:

  • American Association of University Women (AAUW)

  • American Baptist Women’s Ministries

  • American Bar Association

  • American Federation of Teachers

  • American Jewish Committee

  • American Library Association

  • Business and Professional Women/USA


  • Church Women United

  • Church World Service

  • The Episcopal Church, USA

  • Federation of Women’s Clubs Overseas

  • Feminist Majority

  • Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media

  • Hadassah

  • Heifer Project International

  • The Hunger Project

  • International Convocation of Unitarian Universalist Women

  • Jewish Council for Public Affairs

  • League of Women Voters of the United States


  • National Association of Commissions for Women

  • National Council of Churches, USA, Women’s Ministries

  • National Council of Jewish Women

  • National Network to End Domestic Violence

  • National Organization for Women (NOW)

  • Physicians for Human Rights

  • Planned Parenthood Federation of America

  • Presbyterian Church, USA

  • Refugees International

  • Sisters of Mercy

  • United Church of Christ

  • United Methodist Church, General Board of Church and Society

  • United Methodist Women

  • United Nations Association, USA

  • US Conference of Mayors (June 2014)

  • Women for Women International

  • Women of Reform Judaism

  • Women’s Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

  • YWCA

  • Zonta International