Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) – adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination. In January 2008, responsibility for servicing CEDAW was transferred to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Watch video explaing CEDAW.
Council on Women and Girls, The White House – the purpose of the Council is "to ensure that each of the agencies in which they're charged takes into account the needs of women and girls in the policies they draft, the programs they create, the legislation they support" and that the true purpose of our government is "to ensure that in America, all things are still possible for all people," President Barack Obama, Washington, DC.
Feminist Majority Foundation – is a cutting edge organization dedicated to women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. In all spheres, FMF utilizes research and action to empower women economically, socially, and politically. Our organization believes that feminists – both women and men, girls and boys – are the majority, but this majority must be empowered, Arlington, VA. See Feminist News.
Gender, Equity and Human Rights – oversees the integration of gender, equity and human rights into healthcare programmes and policies across the different programme areas that make up the World Health Organization.
Foundation for Women – has been creating opportunities for women and girls for 30 years. We know that when we invest in women and girls, helping them develop their voices and skills, everyone benefits – men, boys, families, and communities. As the country’s first national, multi-issue women’s fund, the Ms. Foundation directs resources of all kinds to cutting-edge projects that nurture girls’ leadership skills, protect the health and safety of women, and provide low-income women with the tools to lift themselves and their families out of poverty, New York, NY.
Celebrating 40 Years of Ms. Milestones, 1973-2013
2011 Annual Report
National Council of Women in the U.S. – founded in 1888, the National Council of Women is the oldest, non-sectarian volunteer organization of women in America, with roots that date back to the anti-slavery movement. Our founders include a who’s who of America’s most notable women: Susan B. Anthony, Clara Barton, Julia Ward Howe and Sojourner Truth. After working to abolish slavery, founding members focused on ending child labor, improving workplace conditions and women’s suffrage. Today, the council works for the education, participation and advancement of women to make equality a national obligation, New York, NY.
National Organization for Women – is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States, New York, NY.
National Partnership for Women & Families – we believe that actions speak louder than words, and for nearly four decades we have fought for every major policy advance that has helped women and families. Today, we promote fairness in the workplace, reproductive health and rights, access to quality affordable health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. Founded in 1971 as the Women's Legal Defense Fund, the National Partnership for Women & Families is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)3 organization, Washington, DC.
National Women's History Project – an educational non-profit organization whose mission is to recognize and celebrate the diverse and historic accomplishments of women by providing information and educational materials and programs, Santa Rosa, CA.
Status of Women in the States – a leading source of analysis of women’s status across the country. The Institute for Women's Policy Research has produced individual reports on women’s status in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as biennially updated reports on national trends across the states and provided custom reports for individual states, metropolitan areas, and counties. It has also produced a number of tools on conducting and using status of women research. The Status of Women in the States project is designed to inform citizens about the progress of women in their state relative to women in other states, to men, and to the nation as a whole, Washington, DC.
Vital Voices – is a global partnership to support women's progress in building democracies, strong economies and peace. Our work focuses on three critical areas: expanding women's roles in politics and civil society; increasing women's successful entrepreneurship; and fighting trafficking in women and girls and other human rights abuses. Our mission is to identify, invest in and bring visibility to extraordinary women around the world by unleashing their leadership potential to transform lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities, Washington, DC.
Woman STATS Project – the most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of women in the world. Read Blog.
Women Deliver – a global advocacy organization bringing together voices from around the world to call for action against maternal death, New York, NY.
Women, Business and the Law – presents indicators based on laws and regulations affecting women’s prospects as entrepreneurs and employees. It is hoped this resource will inform research and policy discussions on how to improve women’s economic opportunities and outcomes.
Women's History Month (March) – Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society, Washington, DC.
Women's Law Project – the mission is to create a more just and equitable society by advancing the rights and status of all women throughout their lives. To this end, we engage in high-impact litigation, advocacy, and education. The Women's Law Project joined the fight for women's rights in 1974, founded by a group of feminist attorneys devoted to equality and justice. Emboldened by the resurgent feminist movement of the 1970s, we soon won national recognition for our trailblazing Equal Rights Amendment Project, combining extensive litigation under state ERAs with public education. The Women's Law Project has a stellar record of achievement protecting reproductive freedom in Pennsylvania and elsewhere in the United States. The Women's Law Project has challenged sex discrimination in employment, education, athletics, and insurance; advanced the rights of lesbian and gay parents; advocated on behalf of impoverished women; worked for fair and accessible procedures in child custody, child support, and protection from abuse actions; and championed the rights of sexual assault survivors. We take pride in being both a unique resource for Pennsylvania women and a national leader in the field of women's rights, Philadelphia, PA. Read Blog.
Inc. – champions the interests of women throughout the country on the most significant social, economic, and health issues across the public policy spectrum. WPI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization whose sole focus is to help ensure that the most informed decisions on key women's issues are made by policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels. Audiences include elected officials, regulators, women's groups, labor groups, academia, the business community, the media, and the general public, Washington, DC.
Women’s Rights Project, American Civil Liberties Union – focuses on assisting and empowering poor women, women of color, and immigrant women, who historically have been deeply victimized by gender bias and continue to face pervasive barriers to equality today. Through litigation, community outreach, advocacy, and public education, the Women’s Rights Project pushes for change and systemic reform of those institutions that perpetuate discrimination against women, New York, NY.
WomenWatch – United
Nations – information and resources on gender equality and empowerment of women.