The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is a comprehensive bill on women’s rights that was adopted by the United Nations in 1979. It came into force on 3 September 1981 and has been ratified by 188 states. The United States is the only industrialized country that has not ratified it.
The Human Rights Project (HRP) at the Urban Justice Center (UJC) is working to have New York City pass an ordinance that will locally implement the treaty principles encapsulated in both CEDAW and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD).
With the new mayoral administration focused on addressing inequality, and with a progressive swath of politicians who have assumed major offices, including the Council Speaker, Public Advocate, and 21 new city council members, this is the political moment to be able to create the change HRP has led the charge towards for over ten years. This kind of local action needs to happen in order to foster national level change.