Human rights are under threat not only in far-flung countries but also right here at home in our backyard. Women’s human rights are under assault across the nation and our cities represent the first line of defense for gender equality and women’s rights.

Denver for CEDAW (a campaign of the United Nations Association of Denver) has joined the Cities for CEDAW initiative to safeguard women’s human rights in cities across the US. CEDAW or the Convention to End all forms of Discrimination Against Women is often referred to as the international women’s bill of rights enshrining the principles of gender equality and non-discrimination in politics, the workplace, and in the home. Taking CEDAW as an inspiration for local women’s rights protection, Denver for CEDAW is asking city officials to formally incorporate gender mainstreaming into the inner workings of the city. Gender mainstreaming encourages city officials to consider the impact of any policies, procedures, budgets, and programs across city departments on gender equality and women’s rights overall. Most importantly, gender mainstreaming acknowledges that any decision taken at the city level will impact women’s rights either directly or indirectly.

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For women’s rights at home and abroad,

The Denver for CEDAW Team