News & Events

The Executive Director for the Pittsburgh Gender Equity Commission has been selected and the first commissioner is on board! 

September 9, 2017


Summit Against Racism 2017 Workshop Presentation

January 21, 2017        Pgh 4 CEDAW Pres for Summit Against Racism 2017

Letter to the Editor, Post Gazette

Dec 12, 2016 by Edith Bell

The writer is a member of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

Pittsburgh City Council unanimously passes CEDAW Ordinance December 6, 2016

Pittsburgh City Council voted unanimously to approve our CEDAW Ordinance!. Thank You! Now there can be a Commission on Gender Equity with the power to execute a City wide Gender Analysis. The goal will be to identify where the City can contribute to ending gender bias in areas of Economic Development, Education, and Violence Against Women.

Post Gazette New Article:  December 7, 2016

Pittsburgh City Council approves measure to fight gender bias

ELNRudiak-27 Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak introduced legislation this fall that would establish the panel, commit Pittsburgh to an international treaty against such bias and discourage gender discrimination in city government, among similar provisions.

Miami/Dade County publishes their first “Status of Women” report required under the CEDAW Ordinance passed In 2015.

The ordinance requires the Miami-Dade Commission Auditor and Commission for Women to report each year on the status of women and girls in health and safety, economic development and education.

Read more here:                                                

News articles from the November 15, 2016 Press Conference!

City Paper:  Photo from our Public Hearing

Pittsburgh City Council is considering a gender equity ordinance.|By Rebecca Addison

WESA: Photo from our Press Conference

Another great article explaining why it is so important the pass this CEDAW Ordinance that we have worked on for over a year and Council Woman Natalia Rudiak has sponsored. The time is now.

Pittsburgh City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak urged her colleagues to adopt gender equality legislation accepted by most United Nations countries decades|By Liz Reid

Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

Pittsburgh councilwoman targets gender discrimination

Go to the Resources page on this website for details on how to access the videos from the Post Agenda (explains the what, why and how to have CEDAW make a difference in Pittsburgh) and Public Hearing.

Public Hearing Tuesday, November 15, 2016!


Our CEDAW City Ordinance was Introduced to City Council on October 25th by Natalia Rudiak.

There was a Public Hearing Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 11:30 am at the City-County Building, Floor 5, 414 Grant St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.   Thank you for Coming!

What can you do? 

  • As of 11/20/2016 Council Women Deb Gross, Darlene Harris, and Theresa Kail-Smith have joined Natalia Rudiak in sponsoring our CEDAW Ordinance 2016-0905. Contact your council member and let them know that you support Ordinance 2016-0905 to have Pittsburgh support the principles of CEDAW, (the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women). Or contact them to thank them!  You can find your council member’s contact info:



Questions?  Send an email to

* CEDAW: The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.


No Limits for Women!

Marcia Bandes

Chair, Pittsburgh for CEDAW

Pittsburghers for CEDAW Monthly Meetings.  All are Welcome!
Date:  Next Meeting is Nov 22, 2016.  Check back for changes.
Time: 7:15 pm
Location:  Friends Meeting House, 4836 Ellsworth Ave, Pittsburgh (Oakland).