What is the Gender Equity Commission?
Created after a City ordinance was passed in December 2016, the Gender Equity Commission (GEC) is responsible for identifying how and to what extent discrimination manifests against all women and girls, including trans women and gender variant or fluid individuals, in the City of Pittsburgh.
The GEC was created based upon the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). 15 Gender Equity Commissioners will work with the Executive Director to oversee analyses of existing gender inequity and create recommendations for overcoming these barriers. The recommendations will be used to inform City policies and practices to uphold the principles of CEDAW locally.
To redress gender discrimination in the City, the Commission is selecting a method for conducting the Gender Analysis. The analysis will gather disaggregated data to address intersectional gender discrimination, including identity, expression, sexuality, race and ethnicity, diverse abilities, education, income, and other factors. Based upon the equity disparities identified in the gender analysis, the GEC will work with the City to create a specific five-year action plan and ongoing plans, then monitor and guide their implementation.
The plans will focus on areas the gender analysis deems crucial to women and girls. These areas may include but are not limited to:
- Education, including free or affordable early childhood education; support for high-quality public education; equitable out-of-school educational programs; and developed youth employment or internship opportunities.
- Economic development, comprised of employment opportunities, promotion, job security, and all benefits and conditions of service; safe and affordable housing and transportation; and access to financial services.
- Violence against women and girls, in such areas as rehabilitation; police enforcement of penalties against perpetrators; support services for victims; and gender sensitive training for City employees.
- Delivery of city services, so that gender equity permeates every level of City operations, and City services are considered and deployed using a gender equity lens.
To learn more about the Commission's intersectional approach, watch this Ted Talk:
The following ordinance, passed by the Mayor and City Council in December 2016, created the Gender Equity Commission. It outlines the definitions of language and the process of the GEC. It also delineates how the principles of CEDAW will be upheld through the work of the Commission.