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Friends of the SF Commission on the Status of Women 5th Annual CEDAW Women's Human Rights Awards

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CEDAW is an international human rights treaty that provides a universal definition of discrimination against women and brings attention to a whole range of issues concerning women’s human rights. Countries that ratify CEDAW are mandated to condemn all forms of discrimination against women and girls and to ensure equality for women and girls in the civil, political, economic, social and cultural arenas. The United Nations General Assembly adopted CEDAW in 1979 and President Carter signed the treaty on behalf of the United States in 1980, but the United States Senate has not yet ratified CEDAW.

In '98, San Francisco became the first, and still only, city to adopt a local ordinance reflecting the principles of CEDAW, the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women. CEDAW represents an international bill of rights for all women that has been ratified by 186 countries. President Obama has prioritized U.S. ratification for CEDAW. San Francisco’s Commission on the Status of Women has been proactive for more than a decade implementing CEDAW principles in local government to promote gender equality in employment, public budgets and public services.

The CEDAW Women's Human Rights Awards distinguish leaders and organizations who use their public roles to advance the rights of women. Awards are given for leadership demonstrated in multiple sectors of the community, including education, entrepreneurship, government, health, labor, media and philanthropy which represent the CEDAW principles. For more information on past years' award winners, please visit: http://friendscosw.org/awards

Founded in 1976, the Friends of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women (Friends) is a private, non-profit organization founded and operated to raise awareness of and funding for the San Francisco Commission and Department on the Status of Women.

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