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For Immediate Release:
September 01, 2015
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Johanna Cervone
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Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava sponsors local implementation of UN convention to end discrimination against women; CEDAW passes BCC


Miami, FL— Today the Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously in support of an ordinance presented by Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava to implement the United Nations Convention to End Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in Miami-Dade County. The new ordinance adopts the spirit and underlying principles of the international treaty. CEDAW was adopted by the UN in 1979 but has never been ratified by the United States. Miami Dade is the first county to pass the ordinance and joins other “Cities for CEDAW” nationwide.

This ordinance calls for the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women to work with the Commission Auditor to report annually on the status of women and girls in three critical areas: economic development, health and education. 

“The purpose of the ordinance is to track the status of women and girls comprehensively in Miami-Dade County so that the Commission can make sound public policy based on objective data. By tracking these critical indicators, we will have access to objective, empirical data to better evaluate local public policy, particularly as it relates to pay parity and reducing violence against women.” said Commissioner Levine Cava.
“CEDAW will help us better understand the challenges facing women and girls, and bring us one step closer to helping all of our residents thrive and prosper, free of discrimination.”

Once the report is completed, the Commission for Women will present its findings to the Board, the County Mayor and the public. The study will include recommendations to address any gaps and to make sure that the County’s own policies on gender discrimination are followed.

Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava