2019 – 63rd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

This year Katrina’s Dream is holding an event at the United Nations. Click here to see the Agenda

To the Delegates and Attendees of the 63rd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Conference:  

Welcome to the 63rd United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Conference! I would like to invite you to attend our educational event “Let’s Pass the Equal Rights Amendment!”. Where we will discuss the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) into the U.S. Constitution and its global implications at the United Nations Church Center in New York City, New York, on Monday, March 11, 2019, at 6:30 p.m.  

The proposed U.S. Constitutional Equal Rights Amendment will:  

Address the pressing need for access to reproductive health care and providing a path for low-income women to receive such services as cancer screenings, birth control information, prenatal care and safe legal abortions.
Help underscore arguments for improved funding for the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) which in its 20-year history has never been funded sufficiently to meet documented need.
End sex-based discriminatory practices by private insurance companies against their women customers. Enhance and solidify protections that promote equal opportunity in academics and athletics which suffer from inadequate implementation.
Would require strict scrutiny in challenges to the many state laws that deny LGBT persons.
Address the racial gender wage gap, which is a 21.7 percent spread between men’s and women’s median annual earnings Currently Black Women are at 36 percent and Latinas are at 31.9 percent, and Indigenous Women average about 58 percent as compared to their white male median weekly earnings.

Women have a great deal to offer society. Women should be given equal pay for equal work and should be promoted to higher positions in the workplace. Many women work full time and bear much of the responsibility for running the household and caring for their children and sometimes their aging parents. Paid maternity leave and quality, affordable childcare should be a given.  
Let’s us empower women here in the U.S.A. and around the world. Let’s us enable them to reach their highest potential by giving them equal rights, respect, and support. Let’s Pass the ERA!  

Sincerely,
Hélène de Boissière – Swanson, Founder – Katrina’s Dream