Upcoming Events


Sat. July 1:   World Refugee Day: Volunteers Needed

LaSalle Park, Buffalo, NY

World Refugee Day is an event founded by the United Nations.  In Western NY, everyone is invited to celebrate diversity in our community on this day. Volunteers are needed for : Soccer tournaments, Kids activities, Cultural events, Food and much more. Event staff will sign off for student service learning credit.

To volunteer or for more information: Please contact Shannon Linehan, WNY World Refugee Day Volunteer Coordinator at (607) 752-1694 or at wrdwny@gmail.com with Volunteer in the subject line.

July 12- 16:  NACW Conference: Embracing Our Past, Empowering Our Future

Hyatt Regency Buffalo / Hotel and Conference Center, 2 Fountain Plaza Buffalo, NY 14202

The Erie County Commission on the Status of Women will be hosting the National Association of Commissions for Women (NACW) national conference July 12-16, 2017 in Buffalo. 

Commission  members from state, city and county commissions throughout the United States will be  convening  to share  best  practices, receive updates  on  current legislation and public policy  impacting women and  collaborate on  addressing  economic inequality and other issue effecting women and girls. The theme, Embracing Our Past, Empowering Our Future is a perfect theme to commemorate the 100 anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New York State.  There are several options available for local attendees.

For more information and to register:  http://www.nacwconference.org/

Tues. September 5: Join the CEDAW Movement in Buffalo
Buffalo City Hall Common Council Chambers, 65 Niagara Square, Buffalo, NY, 14202   5:30pm - 7:30pm

Do you support Gender Equality and Human Rights as city commitments in Buffalo? If so, come out and make your voice heard at a Public Hearing at City Hall on the need for a Buffalo CEDAW Ordinance. Tell City Leaders why we need a law to ensure that all city policies, programs and practices proactively address gender discrimination. What experiences have you had? What do city leaders need to know about how gender discrimination and gender violence is experienced in and across our city’s diverse communities – in health care, employment, education, housing access, service delivery, policing, etc., etc. Bring friends, colleagues, family, and neighbors! Help us Fill City Hall Chambers! Everyone has a voice! To learn more about Cities for CEDAW-Buffalo and the Buffalo CEDAW Ordinance, see our website:

Cities for CEDAW-Buffalo is a broad coalition of allied organizations and individuals committed to ensuring the human rights and equality principles of the UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (“CEDAW” or the “Women’s Equality Treaty”) are incorporated into all city policy and decisionmaking in Buffalo. Following the lead of other cities across the nation, we are working toward the adoption of a city ordinance—the Buffalo CEDAW Ordinance—that creates regular reporting and planning processes in city departments and agencies designed to ensure that all city policies, programs and practices proactively address gender discrimination.

Such an ordinance is deeply needed in Buffalo, a city in which gender inequality and gender-based violence remains pervasive. Despite majority status, women in Buffalo suffer a massive wage gap (over $13,000 annually for full time workers), high rates of family and community violence, disproportionate poverty rates, a startling lack of essential services, and significant underrepresentation in city politics and city employment.  As a City of Good Neighbors in the midst of an urban renaissance, Buffalo cannot afford to fail to decisively address these longstanding inequalities. We CAN do better. We MUST do better. We’re asking our City, and ourselves, to lead the way.