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    Ensuring every woman, girl and transgender individual is safe and lives free of violence in her/his/their neighborhood, school, community and home.

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    Promoting safe and healthy environments for women and girls with access to healthcare and resources to make healthy decisions about their bodies, gender, sexuality and reproduction.

Latest Achievements

In July 2018, the Sexual Health Education Task Force released its final findings report about the state of sexual health education in New York City schools. The report outlines 11 recommendations under the following categories:

  • Prioritize a culture of sexual wellness and inclusivity in all schools
  • Ensure all students are served by well-equipped and supported health education instructors
  • Improve the content, substance, and methods of sexual health education
  • Strengthen accountability and reporting

This report is a culmination of work done by 28 members of the task force, appointed by Mayor Bill de Blasio in September 2017.  The task force was chaired by Jacqueline Ebanks, Executive Director of the Commission on Gender Equity. Task force members included students, educators, sexual health education experts and experts in the field of LGBTQ and gender non-conforming health education, among others.

Read the Sexual Health Education Task Force's report to learn more about its recommendations to improve health education in New York City schools.


During Women’s History Month 2018, Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray held the City’s annual Mentoring and Civic Leadership Reception.  For this reception, CGE compiled inspirational quotes on mentoring and leadership offered by Commissioners of several city agencies and a few attendees at the reception.  We hope this digital booklet, Quotations on Mentoring and Leadership, will help strengthen your mentoring relationships and encourage you to pursue leadership opportunities as they emerge.


In February 2018, the Commission on Gender Equity released its first Annual Report and a new publication Leveling the Paying Field: Best Practices for Gender Pay Equity in the Workplace.

Annual Report

CGE’s first Annual Report shares highlights of the Commission’s first 30 months of operation. Between June 2015, when it was established by Mayor Bill de Blasio, and December 2017, CGE,
  • built its capacity to carry out its mandate by appointing commissioners, hiring staff, identifying areas of focus, establishing work groups to conduct deeper research and analysis, and developing inter-agency staff partnerships to integrate the gender lens across city agencies,
  • established inter-agency and cross-sector collaborations to work on a variety of programmatic initiatives
  • engaged and educated the public on matters related to gender equity
  • engaged the philanthropic community to raise critical financial resources to advance its work
  • recommended and advocated for policies that advance gender equity.
Read CGE’s first Annual Report to learn more about its work to advance gender equity in the City.

Leveling the Paying Field: Best Practices for Gender Pay Equity in the Workplace is the City’s resource guide to advance pay equity in the workplace. The report describes various public policies that remove barriers to pay equity and delineates action steps that employers, from all sectors, can take to achieve pay equity in the workplace. Read “Leveling the Paying Field” to learn ways to promote pay equity in the workplace.