Empower women & girls

Implement CEDAW in your CT hometown

Since 1979 — the year the United Nations’ General Assembly voted on the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) — only 6 world nations have NOT ratified this human rights treaty. The United States is one of these nations, along with countries like Iran, Sudan and Somalia. Following the lead of national NOW, CT NOW has joined the nationwide, grassroots Cities for CEDAW campaign. Working with individuals and partner organizations to make Connecticut municipalities more gender equitable, our goals include using CEDAW to help advance what so many of us are already fighting for, including:

  • Preventing gender discrimination
  • Advancing political and economic equality
  • Creating gender-responsive policies
  • Empowering women and girls
  • And so much more

Attend the Thursday, October 12, meeting of CT NOW at the New Haven Free Public Library to learn the many different ways CEDAW can be implemented in your hometown. Click here for details. Below is a video Scottish activists created to educate people in the UK about CEDAW. The US needs a CEDAW superhero, too! Could it be you?


The time for action is NOW.



Founded in 1970, the Connecticut chapter of the National Organization for Women is proud to be part of the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States.

The grassroots arm of the women’s movement, we are one of more than 500 local and campus national NOW affiliates across the United States and a leader–rather than a follower–of public opinion.

NOW activists use both traditional and non-traditional means to push for social change. NOW members and partner organizations work together to organize mass marches, rallies, pickets, non-violent civil disobedience and immediate, responsive “zap” actions; lobby legislators; share stories; and otherwise carry out actions to meet our many priorities, which in their broadest sense focus on these six core issues:

  • Winning economic justice and equality
  • Guaranteeing equal rights for women through the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
  • Championing abortion rights, reproductive freedom and other women’s health issuesState logo
  • Opposing racism
  • Fighting bigotry against LGBTQI
  • Ending violence against women and girls

Become a member of CT NOW today and help us carry out this important work! Our organization is run completely by volunteers. There are no paid staff members.

For more information or to get involved, email president@now-ct.org.


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