What does “CEDAW” mean?
In 1998, San Francisco became the first, and still only, city to adopt a local ordinance reflecting the principles of CEDAW, the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women. CEDAW represents an international bill of rights for all women that has been ratified by 186 countries. Signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1979 but not ratified by the United States, President Obama has prioritized U.S. ratification for CEDAW. San Francisco’s Commission on the Status of Women has been proactive for more than a decade implementing CEDAW principles in local government to promote gender equality in employment, public budgets and public services.
What are the CEDAW Women's Human Rights Awards?
The CEDAW Women’s Human Rights Awards
distinguish leaders and organizations who use their public roles to advance the rights of women. Awards are given for leadership demonstrated in multiple sectors of the community, including education, entrepreneurship, government, health, labor, media and philanthropy which represent the CEDAW principles.