You will find resources below that will provide information on the status of women and girls in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and the United States.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) Adopts the Violence and Harassment Convention and Recommendation 2019, ILO, Geneva

The International Labor Organization (ILO) adopted a groundbreaking Convention and Recommendation on ending violence and harassment in the world of work on June 21st at its International Labor Conference (ILC) in Geneva.

Article 6 of the convention, makes it very clear that the goal is to ensure the right to equality and non-discrimination in employment and occupation, for women workers, as well as for workers and other persons belonging to one or more vulnerable groups or groups in situations of vulnerability that are disproportionately affected by violence and harassment in the world of work.

The US voted for the convention, but not the recommendation which provides further guidance on the measures required under the convention. Also, voting as a member of the ILO for a convention is not the same as ratifying it.  As with any treaty, ratification requires the support of two thirds of the US Senate and the President’s signature. But like with the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), cities, counties, and states across our nation can act locally.  They  can pass laws that adopt the articles and Recommendations to take steps to make our nation a place where we can all thrive. 

Click here for a copy of the ILO Conference Recommendation 206 – June 2019 and UN ILO Convention Concerning the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work.

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What is the Gender Equity Commission?

The Gender Equity Commission (GEC) is responsible for identifying how discrimination manifests against women and girls, including trans women, in the City of Pittsburgh.
Working with the Executive Director, 15 diverse local stakeholders serve as Commissioners who oversee analyses of existing gender inequity and make recommendations for overcoming barriers. The approach of the GEC is based on using disaggregated data to address intersectional gender discrimination, including identity, expression, sexuality, race and
ethnicity, diverse abilities, education, income, and other factors.

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Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit (PRJS) 2021

Allegheny for CEDAW Introduction Video submitted to PRJS virtual resource room

Pittsburgh Gender Equity Commissioners as of February 1, 2018

Gender Equity Commissioners Feb 2018

UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Pittsburgh CEDAW Ordinance Passed Dec 6, 2016


Femishphere Report

The Women and Girls Foundation, in partnership with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, has produced an in-depth report to explore the obstacles preventing more moms and kids from becoming economically secure.


Inequities Affecting Black Girls in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County

FISA Foundation, in partnership with the Heinz Endowments, commissioned Snapshot: Inequities Affecting Black Girls in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County to draw attention to alarming gender and racial disparities that Black girls in our region face.

Pittsburgh CEDAW Ordinance was introduced to City Council on October 25, 2016.

The Post Agenda (10:00 am) and Public Hearing (11:30 am) were held on November 15, 2015   Video for both of these events can be found at  . You will need to select the month “November” and scroll down to November 15, 2016, select the meeting, and then select “video” at the end of the row.     Below are the rough timings for Speakers during the Post Agenda with names, titles, and their topics.



Pittsburgh for CEDAW Trifold Brochure:

Used through December 2018

PGH 4 CEDAW Trifold Nov 2017 v2


2015 Pennsylvania Domestic Fatality Report

By the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Infant Mortality Rate Goes Down in Allegheny County, but Problems Persist by Jill Daly, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, March 29, 2016

Mayors Guide: Accelerating Gender Equality   May 2016 by Its Time Network

And here’s a document I learned about when I met the author at this conference. She said she’s glad to be informed about Pittsburgh as  another example, so I’m sure your work will be highlighted in future publications from the Columbia Law School program on Human Rights! (Showing that stuff is happening between the coasts!)

Human Rights Toolkit

This Human Rights Toolkit was prepared by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute for the International Rights Association of Official Human Rights Agencies.  Under the auspices of the Human Rights Campaign at Home.  Aug 2014

Using Human Rights Assessments in Local Governance:  A Toolkit for State and Local Human Rights and Human Relations Commissions

The Status of Women in the States 2015 report, published by Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR)

This provides data on seven issue areas affecting women and girls. It also provides a website with an interactive map showing the grade and rank for each of the 50 states based on data for many variables including race, ethnicity and gender.

Full Report

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