Why does Buffalo need a CEDAW Ordinance

The potential impact of a CEDAW ordinance in the City of Buffalo is huge. Consider this: Buffalo is the second largest city in New York State and home to approximately a million people in the metro area. Women comprise over 52.3%* of the city-wide population, and 50.6%* of the labor force.

Wage Gap:
Women working full-time in the city of Buffalo make an average $41,812 per year, while men working full-time make an average $51,149 per year.*
Women in the Buffalo area are paid 73 cents for every dollar paid to men in the area, amounting to a yearly gap of $13,349 between men and women who work full time.
While women nationally make 78 cents for every dollar a man makes, women in Buffalo make only 73 cents.
The wage gap in New York State for women of color is even more spectacular: African American women earn only 66 cents for every dollar a man makes, while Latinas make only 56 cents.

Domestic Violence:
Only 1 in 7 is actually reported.
One in 4 women and 1 in 9 men will be abused by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
Victims will attempt to leave four to seven times before they succeed.
The Justice Department reports that, on average, four to five women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends every day in this country.

Educational Outcomes:
While women more often hold advanced degrees as compared to men, they are still underrepresented in fields such as computer science, engineering, the physical sciences, and mathematics.*
Families with one adult, one preschooler and one school-age child need to earn a total yearly income of $47,262 just to meet basic needs.
39% of children entering 9th grade at Buffalo Public Schools drop out without graduating.

Poverty:
29.9% of families in Buffalo live in poverty, with over 42.2% of families in Buffalo having women as head of household.*

Human Trafficking in Buffalo:
Human trafficking, including both sex trafficking and labor trafficking, is a real problem in Western New York in both its urban and rural communities.
The International Institute of Buffalo has aided over 200 trafficking victims since 2007.
Cities across the United States have developed CEDAW legislation to address some of the issues raised above. We believe CEDAW-based legislation can have a similarly significant impact in the Buffalo community. We find it appalling that women in Buffalo face daily threats of domestic violence. We find in unacceptable that in Buffalo, full-time female workers make on average $9,337 less a year than similarly situated male workers. All of this needs to change, and we need to stand up and work affirmatively together to change it.

There is lack of public statistics Buffalo, New York and the statistics above come from previous years censuses created by the US Census Bureau and other organizations.

*Data found in the U.S. Census Bureau 2011-2015 ACS.