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10 November 2015
Advocacy Forum on the Sexual Assault Victims' Rights Amendment Act

Join UNA-NCA's DC for CEDAW Committee to kick off a public awareness campaign on discrimination against women and sexual assault victims' rights!

Several DC community human rights organizations and groups concerned with issues that affect women have come together to raise awareness about CEDAW in DC – the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women. CEDAW legislation was introduced into the DC Council on March 3, 2015 by Council Member David Grosso with all other Council Members as co-sponsors, and sent to the Judiciary Committee for hearings and markup. Because there will not be hearings this fall as previously expected, we believe a Public Awareness Campaign to help the general public understand the benefits of gender equality in our communities will assure hearings and a vote in 2016.

Join UNA-NCA's DC for CEDAW Committee and the many supporting organizations on November 10 for the first in a series of public education and advocacy forums. The forum will feature information about the Sexual Assault Victims' Rights Amendment Act (SAVRAA). In May 2014, the DC Council passed landmark legislation to protect survivors of sexual assault. The law is an amendment to the Office of Citizen Complaint Review Establishment Act of 1998. Among other things, the law established a task force to recommend reforms to the system in order to better protect survivors. The task force report and recommendations will be issued just before the November 10 meeting and will be discussed in the context of CEDAW. In addition to groups and individuals working to pass CEDAW in DC, victim advocates, service providers and survivors will be in attendance.

When: November 10, 2015; 10:30am
Where: 441 4th Street NW, Room 1107, Washington, DC 20001
Cost: Free