Category Archives: CEDAW

Update on Women’s Marches in DC and around US on 1/21/17

Organizing a national Women’s March on Washington in Washington DC has been an adventure. First, let us recognize that there is a lot of interest in protesting in DC. Asheville NOW filled a bus in less than a week. Charlotte NOW is filling one now. And there are about 20 buses from North Carolina alone. At first the organizers didn’t realize they absolutely needed permits, where to send the buses, etc. Then, when Alice Cohan, of Feminist Majority (formerly of National Organization for Women/NOW) jumped in to help get permits, they found out many groups tried for permits for that date and those places, and they were working through the process. Then things changed and all protesters were being blocked from using normal rally/protest sites like large sections of Pennsylvania Avenue, as well as the Washington Monument, the National Mall and the Lincoln Memorial! Now there is an update from that – we finally have a site. But here is some background on the process. Never discount a bunch of angry women!

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Picture from the March for Women’s Lives in 2004. Raleigh NOW delivered 3 buses and Mandy Carter of SONG delivered another from Durham. Our 4 buses traveled together to the national march.

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NC NOW Chapter meetings this week

Asheville NOW: on Sunday, July 10, at 3pm

Another roundtable on Sunday, July 10th at 3pm, at Mother Grove Temple which is located at 70 Woodfin Place Suite 1. Going east on 240, take the Charlotte St exit. At the top of the ramp go straight across Charlotte St. The building in the first on the left. Park near the dumpsters and go to the lower level. We’ll return to the YWCA in September (they’re closed for the summer). We had a terrific discussion at the last meeting and we want your voice at the table next time! 

Next Asheville NOW meeting is Sunday, August 14 at 3PM. Location TBA. Meeting will including Asheville NOW’s Cynthia Drew’s comments on her national NOW conference experience.

Asheville NOW’s facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/180558405310992/

Charlotte NOW: Tues., July 12th: 6-8 pm

Meet at the Morrison Library (7015 Morrison Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28211).

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Cities For CEDAW Coalition Meets with LA CEDAW Prime

NC NOW is part of NC’s Cities For CEDAW (Convention for Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women) coalition. The coalition meets monthly in Raleigh. Read more about Cities for CEDAW (C4C) at “What do you know about CEDAW? How can it help you?” 8/22/15.

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On June 16, the coalition met from 6pm to 8:20pm. From 7pm on, we had a conference call with Araceli Campos from Los Angeles to learn more about LA’s Cities for CEDAW program. Campos walked us through a powerpoint presentation she had sent.

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NC NOW Conference focuses feminists power!

NC NOW had an exciting state conference on Oct 10, 2015.  We hold these annual conferences for a few reasons.  State conferences are where we elect our state officers, but also, where NOW members and other feminists gather to get organized and motivated to do the work that we do.  That is work that we love to do!

Our theme, “Focusing Women’s Power NOW!” is a call to action!  Also a reminder that our actions do make a difference. We are focusing women’s power by doing education on issues + taking action = social change.  Our planned morning session included panels on progress and issues on 6 topics – racism, economic security, reproductive rights, Violence Against Women, LGBTTQQIIA, and ERA.  Our afternoon session included workshops on working with the media, helping good people get elected, and planning actions.  See the agenda, biographies and more in the NC_NOW_program_2015.

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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.

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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.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WZAcRUa1c92H0lHDEslWkGjNbr6V67gj8u9DD_UF8wA/edit