Empower women & girls: Implement CEDAW in your hometown

What actions can you take in your Connecticut city or town to prevent gender discrimination, advance political and economic equality, and empower women and girls? Attend the Thursday, October 12, meeting of CT NOW at the New Haven Free Public Library’s Ives Performance Area, bottom floor, 133 Elm St., to learn about Cities for CEDAW – a nationwide, grassroots campaign designed to encourage local governments to become more gender equitable. Adopted by national NOW as one of its strategic priorities, implementing CEDAW in Connecticut municipalities is also one of CT NOW’s goals. Standing for Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, CEDAW is a human rights treaty adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1979. Of the UN’s 196 member nations, the United States is 1 of only 6 countries (including Iran, Somalia, Sudan) that HAS STILL NOT ratified it. Cities for CEDAW is a movement to make the global local, with the goal of creating a “trickle up” effect through gender-responsive CEDAW policies that work to ensure equal pay for women, eliminate violence against women, provide better educational opportunities for women, and so much more. Attend on October 12 to learn the many different ways CEDAW can be implemented in your town, receive a CT NOW CEDAW tool kit, and see how cities in other states have used CEDAW to make a difference. Arrive at 6 p.m. for a half-hour of networking before the presentation begins at 6:30. Please email questions to president@now-ct.org. Hope to see you there!