Monthly Archives: August 2015

“Women’s Equality Through Time” event on 8/28/15 drew hundreds!

It was a beautiful day, and we had a passionate, energetic crowd and speakers. The timing was great too – using the occasion of Women’s Equality Day to celebrate women’s progress and talking about what women still need.  Elected officials, Durham City Council members, Durham County Commissioners and 300 plus people marched in solidarity and in support of Women’s Rights.  


Part of Crowd at the Old Durham Courthouse in the gathering before the march.

Photo Credit: Phil Fonville

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What do you know about CEDAW? How can it help you?

What do you know about CEDAW and what it can do for you and your community?

The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women, or CEDAW, is an international mechanism that outlines women’s fundamental human rights. Although President Jimmy Carter signed the treaty in 1980, the United States is one of the 7 countries along with Iran, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Palau, and Tonga which has not signed CEDAW. While the federal government may not be willing to codify this convention into law, cities across the country are playing an important role in implementing CEDAW, directly impacting the everyday lives of countless American women.

We are working on spreading information and benefits of CEDAW at the local level, via a program called “Cities For CEDAW”

Louisville, Los Angeles, Berkeley, and San Francisco have embraced “Cities for CEDAW.”  When cities or towns or counties adopt ordinance reflecting CEDAW, these cities and counties have used the CEDAW framework to guide policymaking, developing a number of innovative programs and tools to decrease violence against women and to advance gender equality.

Read more at the following link.  Can also use this as a petition.  It urges Mayors and County Commissioners across North Carolina to implement the principles of CEDAW in our towns, cities, and counties.

Stand with your local Planned Parenthood on Saturday, 8/22/15

Anti-abortion groups are trying to coordinate a nationwide protest at Planned Parenthood clinics on Saturday, August 22, 2015.  These anti-abortion groups continue their push for the state and federal government to defund PP, and we must support PP in all of the good work they do for women.  

Raleigh and Asheville counterprotest plans are included here.


The Raleigh Planned Parenthood clinic at 100 S Boylan Street is gearing up for Saturday.  Meet at the Raleigh PP on Saturday, Aug 22, at 8am to help – the protests are scheduled to start at 9am.  Also, there will be a sign-making event/escort training from 6-8pm Friday evening at the Raleigh PP.

Asheville activists are organizing a Stand with Planned Parenthood counter protest after an antiabortion group announced its intention to rally next weekend.  Meet near the clinic at the intersection of Choctow and McDowell streets at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 22

Please contact your local Planned Parenthood clinic and see if they want your support as a patient escort or counter-protester.  

Article on general movement to harass Planned Parenthood at