UNA Midpeninsula is proud to be a part of the Cities for CEDAW campaign. CEDAW is the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, a landmark UN treaty that affirms principles of fundamental human rights and equality for women around the world.
Unfortunately, the US is one of only 6 countries that has not ratified CEDAW. Building on the model of San Francisco, which implemented CEDAW as a local ordinance in 1998, the Cities for CEDAW campaign will establish CEDAW in cities and towns across the US. UNA Midpeninsula aims to pass a CEDAW ordinance right here in Palo Alto.
We are also working closely with sister campaigns for Santa Clara County and Mountain View.
Interested to join our movement? Become a UNA member to support our efforts, or email us at CEDAWpaloalto@gmail.com for more information.
Cities for CEDAW Campaign in Palo Alto and Mountain View
On Monday, November 28th, two UNA Midpeninsula board members presented the Cities for CEDAW proposal to the Palo Alto City Council, with the aim to having the city join the ranks of San Francisco, Los Angeles and Berkeley in adopting the local ordinance to ensure gender equality. Steps would include carrying out a gender analysis of city operations, establishing an oversight body, and ultimately implementing CEDAW. The likely net fiscal impact of these steps would be minimal.
Follow us and get involved by writing CEDAWpaloalto@gmail.com!
Xavier Webb from UNA-USA gave an update at dance4women at Palo Alto Lean In about Rights for women bill coming to vote soon in local election.
Diversity Forum with Congressman Ro Khanna
UNA participated in diversity forum hosted by Congressman Ro Khanna in March 2018. The congressman led a dialogue on three key aspects of gender equity in the “leaky pipeline” of careers in the technology industry:
1. Entry, why are most applicants for tech jobs male, and what should be done to remedy this gap.
2. Retention, how do we make the working environment more supportive for all genders to thrive.
3. Promotion and leadership, how do we increase opportunities for leadership roles for all genders.
Leaders and panelist included:
- Laura Gomez – CEO Atipica
- Hannah Gordon – General Counsel San Francisco 49ers
- Marci Harris – CEO and Founder POPVOX
- Danielle Brown – VP Diversity and Inclusion Google
- Nicole Issac – Head of Public Policy Linkedin
- Amy Gonzales – VP Global Learning and Development – Women Unlimited
- Parisa Naseralavi – Sr. Director of Finance – Cisco Systems
- Cathrin Stickney – CEO – Parity.org
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Gender equality and women’s empowerment have advanced in recent decades. Girls’ access to education has improved, the rate of child marriage declined and progress was made in the area of sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, including fewer maternal deaths. Nevertheless, gender equality remains a persistent challenge for countries worldwide and the lack of such equality is a major obstacle to sustainable development.