Rapid City acknowledges international bill of rights for women

Rapid City leaders have acknowledged an international bill of rights for women.

The Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), a document passed by the United Nations in 1979, has finally been acknowledged in Rapid City. The Legal and Finance Committee approved a resolution supporting the convention’s principals on Wednesday. The convention is aimed at eliminating sexism and discrimination in the workplace.

Rapid City Democracy Now is a local grassroots organization which empowers women. Democracy Now Representative Dorothy Rowdy Brewick said that Rapid City is the first in the state to acknowledge CEDAW.

“I just think it would be a feather in our cap as a city to be able to say to the rest of South Dakota, look, we value our women and our girls so much, we are willing to support the principles of CEDAW through a resolution,” said Brewick.

The passage of the resolution is just in time for the beginning of National Women’s History Month which lasts through March. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter proclaimed March National Women’s History Week, and Congress followed suit by proclaiming it National Women’s History Month.

Brewick said that Democracy Now may introduce an ordinance to have the city fund a study on gender equality. They say the study will help the city make more informed decisions on women’s issues.

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