No Limits for Women! Pittsburgh

A coalition of organizations and individuals have come together to have Pittsburgh join other cities in becoming a CEDAW City.  Our mission is to pass an ordinance that establishes the framework and reflects the principles of CEDAW (The United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) and then to leverage that ordinance to improve the lives of women and girls in Pittsburgh. To date, 187 out of 193 United Nations member states have ratified CEDAW. The United States is one of only six countries — along with Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Palau and Tonga — that have not.  The Cities for CEDAW campaign is a grassroots movement to make the global local.
Currently we have an ordinance committee working on a draft of a city ordinance designed to codify the principles and goals of CEDAW, which we will share with the City Council Women’s Caucus and the Mayor’s Office to edit and augment.  The ordinance will focus on a number of important issues relevant to women and girls in Pittsburgh.
In order to be sure that the ordinance reflects the diverse needs and interests of women and girls in our region, we are focused on outreach, education, and conducting listening sessions with local neighborhoods, communities, individuals, and organizations.

You can find more information at our website or Facebook Cities for CEDAW Pittsburgh.  Or join us at our next CEDAW coalition meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 19 at 7:15 pm at the Friends Meeting House, 4836 Ellsworth Ave in Oakland.  All are welcome!