Cities for CEDAW

The 100 Cities for CEDAW campaign was launched at the UN Commission on the Status of Women in March 2014. The NGO CSW/NY appointed the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women and the Women Inter Cultural Network on peer leaders for the U.S. For more information contact

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Elected Officials: Take steps to Implement CEDAW

“As the Mayor of the pioneering CEDAW City, I urge the participation by my mayoral colleagues in the campaign and look forward to hosting mayors from across the county in June 2015 for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.”
– Mayor Edwin M. Lee

Cities for CEDAW Fact Sheet
This one page fact sheet provides an overview of the campaign.

Cities for CEDAW Report

Resolution on Cities for CEDAW passed unanimously in University City, Missouri

Women’s Treaty Trying Local Doors to U.S. Senate
The District of Columbia is planning to hold hearings on whether to include CEDAW in its Human Rights Act. CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, is a major U.N. treaty the U.S. has yet to sign.

San Francisco CEDAW Ordinance
In 1998 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the local ordinance, and the Department on the Status of Women oversees the implementation of it.

Local CEDAW Ordinance Template
Based on the San Francisco CEDAW Ordinance, this template will help cities draft their own local CEDAW measure.

Human Rights in Action: San Francisco’s Local Implementation of CEDAW
This report documents the work of the Department since the 1998 adoption of the local CEDAW Women’s Human Rights Ordinance, providing examples of best practices to aid other municipalities in adopting similar measures.

Tacoma, Washington Support Cities for CEDAW Campaign
Mayor Marilyn Strickland of Tacoma, Washington, expresses her support for the Cities for CEDAW Campaign.

Salt Lake City Supports Cities for CEDAW Campaign
Mayor Ralph Becker of Salt Lake City expresses support for the Cities for CEDAW Campaign

Advocates: Start the Movement in Your City!

“In essence, this can be done by any one of us. CEDAW in San Francisco is not unique.”
– Krishanti Dhamaraj, iAngel

Pledge your support for the Cities for CEDAW campaign!

How to Talk to Your Elected Officials
This guide will help the public advocate effectively for a local CEDAW measure within city government.

San Francisco Delegation at the CSW 58