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11 October 2016
Advocate for Gender Equality in DC

Be a part of UNA-NCA's efforts to implement CEDAW in the District!

The UN Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was signed by President Carter in 1980 but has not yet been ratified by the US Senate. The United States remains one of only six UN member states to have failed to ratify the Convention.

UNA-NCA and its DC Committee on Cities for CEDAW are organizing an awareness and advocacy campaign combined with a series of public education forums to encourage citywide legislation to ensure equality for women and girls in the economic, political, social, and cultural arenas. The first public education event was held on November 10, 2015, and examined the rights of sexual assault victims in the District of Columbia. The second forum was February 9 and covered employment equality, equal pay, and the Family and Medical Leave Bill. The third in the series is on May 9 to address health issues, including reproductive health, infant mortality and HIV.

In the meantime, you can join our efforts to advocate for gender equality. We hope there will be a hearing before the DC Council Judiciary Committee and a vote this year, but this is only possible if we show how much equality means to our community!

We have written several sample letters that you can send to your councilmembers. To determine what Ward you live or work in, check out this map. At Large councilmembers represent all Wards.

For DC Residents:

 For Non-DC Residents:

      • Letter 3 should be sent to any councilmembers from non-DC residents who work in the District or are otherwise interested in the legislation.

Join us on Social Media

You can also help us spread the word on Twitter and Facebook using @unanca and #DC4CEDAW. Tweet directly at your councilmembers to tell them you support CEDAW in the District:
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      • Brianne Nadeau (Ward 1)
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      • Mary Cheh (Ward 3)
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      • Brandon T. Todd (Ward 4)
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      • Kenyan McDuffie (Ward 5)
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      • Vincent Orange (At Large)
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      • Anita Bonds (At Large):
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      • David Grosso (At Large)
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      • Elissa Silverman (At Large)
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