#16Pledges: Collecting women’s stories on health, economic mobility and safety to impact policy

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Day 14  of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

#16Pledges: IAWRT members around the world share their efforts and vision how they can contribute to eliminating violence against women

IAWRT USA President and NYC4CEDAW Act Coalition Chair Sheila Dallas-Katzman: I pledge to continue collecting women’s stories in communities to steer policies to address their needs

For the 16-Days of Activism Against Gender Violence 2020, IAWRT-USA has held, in conjunction with NYC4CEDAW Act steering committee, virtual meetings with the objective of collecting community stories of first-hand experiences with the healthcare system. We are in the process of drafting a report of these collective stories, led by Black Women’s Blue Print.

These are telling stories of the City Government’s inaction in healthcare towards women in the areas of Health, Economic Mobility and Safety. Too often policy is made far removed from the public’s experience. These reports will be delivered to the Commission on Gender Equity (CGE), to influence their Toolkit for an extensive assessment of New York City government in the three areas mentioned above. They are intended to evaluate their enactment and impact on the Black and Brown Community.