New York City for CEDAW Mobilizes 200 Grassroots Organizations for Rally

To pass a bill of rights for gender equity, grassroots activists plan a rally on the steps of City Hall on Wednesday June 28 at noon. The event starts at 9:30 am at Brooklyn Brooklyn Bridge Park, followed by a march across Brooklyn Bridge at 10:30 am. Led by New York City for CEDAW, the rally calls on the New York City Council and Mayor de Blasio to adopt a women’s bill of rights law based on the principles of CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women).
           
At the start of the rally at Cadman Plaza, prominent human rights activists and ordinary citizens will speak to set the momentum for the march across the Brooklyn Bridge. On the steps of City Hall, key speakers will include Council Member Laurie Cumbo. Invited speakers include Susan Sarandon, activists from YWCA, Planned Parenthood, Local NYSNA, NOW, Coalition Against Sex Trafficking,  UAW Local, First Lady Chirlane McCray, Representative Carolyn Maloney, and coalition members. A press conference follows. RSVP HERE.

Following on the heels of the Women’s March in New York, Washington and around the country, where over a million women came out to march, the momentum to pass the Women’s Bill of Rights is growing. On April 24, the Women's Issues Committee of the City Council held a widely-attended hearing in which gender and racial justice advocates testified to demand CEDAW as the first step towards safety and justice for women, girls, and transgender/gender-nonconforming people across the five boroughs. Council Member Cumbo stated, “When women march, the City Council notices.” According to the coalition chair Sheila Katzman, “Women make up over half New York’s population, but they are often overlooked. This bill forces the government to always consider the impact of City budgets, programming and employment on women.”          
            
CEDAW is an international human rights treaty that provides a universal definition of discrimination against women and brings attention to a whole range of issues concerning women’s human rights. Countries that ratify CEDAW are mandated to end all forms of discrimination against women and girls and to ensure equality for women and girls in the civil, political, economic, social and cultural spheres. The United Nations General Assembly adopted CEDAW in 1979 and President Carter signed the treaty on behalf of the United States in 1980. However, the Senate has never taken a vote to ratify it. The United States is the only democracy to not ratify the Convention.
 
About New York City for CEDAW: a volunteer coalition of community organizations, international NGOs, city council members, city officials, attorneys, professionals, and students. We work together for New York City to pass an Act based on CEDAW principles, fostering laws and policies that advance equality for women and address all forms of gender discrimination. The Metro NY Chapter is an active member of the Coalition and on the policy and bill drafting committees.