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


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:                                                       http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article119064833.html

News articles from the November 15, 2016 Press Conference!

City Paper:  Photo from our Public Hearing November 16, 2016


Pittsburgh City Council hears from advocates on gender-equity bill

Pittsburgh City Council is considering a gender equity ordinance.

pghcitypaper.com|By Rebecca Addison

WESA: Photo from our Press Conference

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


Rudiak Pushes To Codify Gender Equity In City Law

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

wesa.fm|By Liz Reid

Pittsburgh Post Gazette:


Pittsburgh councilwoman targets gender discrimination

November 21, 2016 12:00 AM


Go to the Resources page on this pgh4cedaw.org 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!

End Discrimination Against Women - Pittsburgh for CEDAW

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: http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/council/



Questions?  Send an email to pgh4CEDAW@gmail.com

* 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).

Our Mission

Our Mission is to have Pittsburgh become a CEDAW City by passing an ordinance that establishes the framework and reflects the principles of CEDAW (The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women).  And then to leverage that ordinance to improve the lives of women and girls in Pittsburgh.

CEDAW is an international agreement that affirms the principles of fundamental human rights and equality for women around the world and to ensure equality for women and girls in the civil, political, economic, social and cultural arenas.

To date, 187 out of 193 United Nations member states have ratified CEDAW.  The United States is one of only six countries — along with Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Palau and Tonga — that have not ratified CEDAW.

The Cities for CEDAW campaign “Makes the Global Local” by implementing the Convention in cities and towns across the United States. Four cities and Miami/Dade County have already passed ordinances, thirty other cities are in-process. We believe that the time is right for Pittsburgh to participate.

Women's Rights are Human Rights