Category Archives: CEDAW

Durham, First Human and Women’s Rights City in North Carolina

From: NC Coalition For CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women)
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Durham, First Human and Women’s Rights City in North Carolina

Raleigh, NC, 8/5/18 – The Durham City Council passed a resolution endorsing the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) unanimously on August 6, 2018 in their general meeting. ”Passage of this resolution reflects a strong commitment to improving women’s human rights in Durham,” said Beth Dehghan, President of WomenNC.

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WomenNC Celebration Highlights Coalition Work and Research – 3/8/18

Raleigh, Durham and NC NOW had the chance to participate in WomenNC’s Annual Local to Global Celebration honoring Juanita Bryant and celebrating International Women’s Day on March 8, 2018. Over 150 people attended the event at the Hunt Library at NC State University in Raleigh. Special guests included NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, WRAL anchor Debra Morgan as Emcee, Dr. Jo Allen, President of Meredith College, and Zion Tankard, Chair of the Durham County Women’s Commission among many others.

Presentation of award to Juanita Bryant Also pictured: Beth Dehghan, Elaine Marshall Photo Credit: Lori Bunton

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Celebrate International Women’s Day in NC on 3/8/18

NOW is part of International Women’s Day celebrations in Raleigh and in Charlotte.

View of WomenNC panel in 2014 from NOW table
Photo Credit: Gailya Paliga

Press For Progress in Charlotte NC

Charlotte NOW is involved in an annual event for International Women’s Day on Mar 8, Press For Progress. It is at the International House, 1817 Central Ave, Charlotte NC. Charlotte NOW is on the Charlotte International Women’s Day Committee, and told me about the upcoming event. The following is from the eventbrite listing.

You are invited to celebrate the history, contributions and achievements of women. Join us for an inspirational and motivational event to bring change to move women forward.

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You’ll be glad you joined us for NC NOW State Conference!

NC NOW’s annual conference is in Fayetteville this year. Join us on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017, from 9am-4pm. The registration form is in the NC NOW Call To Conference Newsletter. Register online via eventbrite here. We have exciting speakers, including keynote speaker Secretary of State Elaine Marshall. We also have Lillian’s List’s Executive Director, Sarah Preston, getting women ready to run for office. We will hear about what Title IX has been doing for women, how the Trump Administration is threatening to change it. 

Local NOW Members you are likely to see at a state conference and a local protest in Fayetteville! NOW members made up about half the protester that day (the rest not in this picture). Photo Credit: Pam Wade

We’re also having two sets of workshops so participants can choose topics to explore. We’re having workshops on problems women face (through legislation, gerrymandering, clinic threats). And tips on programs and legislation via “How to Have Powerful Programs that Pop!”  and “Recent Legislative Action on Sexual Assault—Chapter Activism gets Results.”

Join us! You’ll be glad you did! Click to see the conference flyer.

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Durham first NC County to endorse CEDAW!

The Durham County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution endorsing the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) unanimously on September 11, 2017 in their general meeting.

What is CEDAW?

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. The Counties and Cities for CEDAW campaign is a US national grassroots effort to provide tools and leadership to empower local women’s organizations and interested groups to effectively protect women’s human rights within their city, county, or state.

Why CEDAW in Durham?

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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!


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

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.

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.

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.