Please join the Ambassadors of the FRIENDS of the Commission on the Status of Women for an evening of intentional networking as we formally announce the honorees for this year's CEDAW Women's Human Rights Awards.
In 1998, San Francisco became the first city in the world 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 and the human rights framework that guides the work of the San Francisco Commission and Department on the Status of Women.
Presented annually by the FRIENDS of the Commission on the Status of Women, the CEDAW Women's Human Rights Awards honor leaders and organizations who use their public roles to advance the rights of women and girls. Awards are given for leadership demonstrated in diverse sectors of the community including education, entrepreneurship, government, health, labor, media and philanthropy.
We also invite you to attend the awards presentation:
Building an Equal Future: CEDAW Women's Human Rights Awards Luncheon
November 1, 2019 | 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Marriott Marquis, Golden Gate Ballroom
780 Mission Street, San Francisco
Early Bird Ticket Sales End October 4th - Register for the Luncheon HERE
NOTE: Click HERE to register for the Building an Equal Future: CEDAW Awards Luncheon on November 1st and receive a FREE ticket to the Ambassadors Club pre-CEDAW Award Reception on September 24th.
The CEDAW is an international human rights treaty that provides a universal definition of discrimination against women and brings attention to a whole range of issues concerning women’s human rights.
Countries that ratify CEDAW are mandated to condemn all forms of discrimination against women and girls and to ensure equality for women and girls in the civil, political, economic, social and cultural arenas. The United Nations General Assembly adopted CEDAW in 1979 and President Carter signed the treaty on behalf of the United States in 1980, but the United States Senate has not yet ratified CEDAW.
Following the 1995 UN World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China, the women's community in San Francisco began to organize around how to bring CEDAW principles to a local context. On October 30, 1997, a consortium of community organizations, the Commission on the Status of Women, the Human Rights Commission, and Board of Supervisors President Barbara Kaufman held a hearing on the local implications of CEDAW. The testimony at the hearing demonstrated that women and girls continue to face discrimination in the areas of economic development and employment, violence against women and girls, and health care. On November 10, 1997, the Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution No. 1021-97, supporting the local implementation of the underlying principles of CEDAW and urging the United States Senate to ratify CEDAW. On November 17, 1997, Mayor Willie Brown approved Resolution No. 1021-97.