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Posted: Friday, June 30, 2017 12:15 am

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava urged others to join her to address the gender wage gap today, which is Cities for CEDAW Day. CEDAW is the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, also known as an international women's rights treaty, which is now an ordinance in Miami-Dade County after it was presented by the Commissioner and passed unanimously.

"One of my goals as County Commissioner is to strengthen public policy that promotes economic development and prosperity for all residents," said Commissioner Levine Cava. "Like so many communities, we know that Miami-Dade faces a persistent gender wage gap. Other things being equal, the gender wage gap will not close for many decades. Our community cannot wait."

Currently, women make 87 cents for every dollar earned by a man for similar positions, and for women of color it is 62 cents for every dollar earned by a white woman.

The aim of the Cities for CEDAW campaign is to “Make the Global

ocal” and protect the rights of women and girls by passing legislation establishing the principles of CEDAW in cities across the United States.

As a result of the legislation Commissioner Levine Cava sponsored, the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women, along with the Commission Auditor, in December 2016 produced the first report on the status of women in Miami-Dade County.

The report revealed a number of opportunities for improvement, particularly in the realm of promoting female entrepreneurship, reducing violence against women and bolstering women's leadership opportunities. Since the report's release, the commissioner has been working to implement its recommendations.

"I believe our local government should serve as a model for best employment practices, but I cannot make the needed changes alone," said Commissioner Levine Cava. "I am calling upon our community to join the work of the dynamic groups advancing women's equality and to give us their input on how to best address the gender wage gap."

In addition to the Commission for Women, Commissioner Levine Cava is working alongside the Women's Fund, League of Women Voters, Junior League, Miami Worker's Center, Florida Association of Women Lawyers and others to find the best pathway to promoting women's

equality.

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