No society can succeed if it denies full opportunities to women whether in education, the economy, politics, voting, or health care including full access to reproductive health programs. Women’s advancement in these areas improves not only their lives but also that of their families, their communities and their countries. CCMC’s Equality 2020 projects promote full equality for women in the U.S. and around the world. With our partner organizations, we work to increase the visibility of policy debates that affect women’s lives, and to increase U.S. commitment to furthering women’s rights at home and around the world.
Our projects seek to promote:
- Women’s equality;
- Universal access to sexual health care services;
- Women’s participation in action-oriented coalitions; and
- Greater individual and group capacity for effective communications.
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is the most comprehensive and significant international treaty to address the rights of women. The U.S. signed CEDAW in 1980, but has yet to ratify it. CCMC is working with a diverse coalition of organizations to build a better understanding among policymakers and citizens about the issues and importance of ratification.
Reproductive Justice Communications Strategies
Developing and Implementing Reproductive Justice Communications Strategies: Building Communications Capacity for African American Women Spokespeople began in 2012. CCMC is providing media training, capacity assessment, communications planning, and technical assistance to African-American groups and leaders working in reproductive justice.
Cross-Generational Conversations: A Women’s Leadership Project builds on an earlier effort with young women and women of color to determine their policy priorities for promoting change to help women and girls. The resulting project will partner young women leaders, especially young women of color, from around the country with heads of national women’s organizations in a mentoring/leadership development relationship. Fellows will participate in an intensive program with issue briefings by experts, advocacy and media readiness trainings, nonprofit organizational development counseling, and three weeks of one-on-one “shadowing” with the head of a women’s advocacy, service or legal organization.