Metro Council to Consider Resolution Supporting Women and Girls

November 6, 2014

Louisville…On Thursday, November 6, 2014 the Metro Council will consider a Resolution by Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9) to ensure Metro Louisville and its partners in education, social services, and business are taking steps to ensure equality for women and girls in Louisville Metro.

          “This resolution puts Metro Louisville on the record opposing all forms of gender discrimination and committing to end it here at home in our community with local action,” said Councilwoman Ward-Pugh.

          The Resolution states that Louisville Metro Government is committed to eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls, to promoting the health and safety of women and girls, and to affording them equal academic, economic and business opportunities in Louisville, Kentucky.

          Councilwoman Ward-Pugh stated, “We can't just wait for national and global action. Local leaders and elected officials have a responsibility to act on what we know is true—that we have not achieved equality in Louisville Metro Government or our larger community. It's not about politics, though some will insist on misinterpreting it for political reasons. They don't get it and so risk the very lives of girls and women in doing so.”

          Local leaders who plan to attend the Metro Council meeting tonight to announce support for the resolution include: Dolores Delahanty, former District B County Commissioner; Sariena Sampson, JCPS school teacher; and Sonia Gadre, KCD student and member of Louisville Girls Leadership.

          The Resolution supports the “Cities for CEDAW Initiative” which calls for U.S. cities to implement the principles of the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women through local legislation and community-designed initiatives.

          Ward-Pugh credited the Louisville Coalition for CEDAW Cities for its leadership in researching and writing a resolution that embraced the principles of CEDAW without introducing extraneous politics.

          Coalition members include several local and state elected officials, attorneys, educators and businesswomen. Organizations represented on the Coalition include: 

Women’s Center at the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary,

Louisville Human Relations Commission,

National Association of Women Business Owners,

Louisville Girls Leadership,

League of Women Voters,

Church Women United USA,

Center for Women and Families, 

American Jewish Committee, 

Social Responsibility Committee of Epiphany Catholic Church,

Zonta International 

          Representatives from many of these organizations made presentations supporting the Resolution in hearings before the Metro Council Health, Education and Housing Committee and will gather at 5:30pm Thursday for a rally on the steps of City Hall, 601 W. Jefferson Street.