The YWCA will host a town hall session on August 7 as part of a community-wide effort led by the Zonta Club Toledo 1 to address discrimination against women. The local effort is part of a national initiative to advance the United Nations’ international bill of rights for women.
The United States is one of the few developed countries that have not signed on to the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). CEDAW includes a preamble and 30 articles that define discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for action to end such discrimination. In absence of a national emphasis to end discrimination against women, groups from communities across the country have begun to take steps to introduce change at the local level.
By accepting the Convention, local governments commit themselves to undertake a series of measures to end discrimination against women in all forms.
The town hall at the YWCA is intended to collect stories about the struggles of women in our own community “to exercise … human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field.”
For additional information, contact Keri Black, the YWCA’s director of the Rape Crisis Center.