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Why Human Rights?

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WILD Programs

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Women's Leadership
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CEDAW - Making it real for us!
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Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women 

The Convention on the Elimination of of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) provides a broad definition of discrimination against women, as "any distinction, execution or restriction made on the basis of sex." It requires that women and girls receive equity in the civil, political, economic, social and cultural spheres. 161 countries have ratified CEDAW. The United States is the only industrialized country in the world that has not ratified CEDAW.

WILD spearheaded the passage in San Francisco, of the first-ever U.S. city ordinance implementing principles underlying CEDAW. WILD worked with members of city government, policy makers, and advocates who work on violence against women, economic justice, and health to provide training on CEDAW and organize a public hearing that was held on October 30, 1997. At that hearing, government officials to hear testimony on the relevance of CEDAW to their lives and work. As a result of these efforts, on April 13, 1998 the city passed the ordinance and has allocated $100,000 for the first year's work.

We continue to provide assistance and information to other communities across the country that are interested in passing similar initiatives. If you are interested in passing CEDAW or other human rights treaties in your city, county or state, we would love to to offer our assistance. [email us!!]   In addition, we continue to support national ratification efforts.


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WILD for Human Rights
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