ICW to hold debrief meetings in six locations
The Indiana Commission for Women created the Hoosier INsight project to construct an environment where deliberation could occur on women’s issues. Women from across the state attended listening sessions or responded to an online survey, in total 1,100 individuals gave their input. These responses allowed the ICW to determine what challenges women commonly face in Indiana. Women are confronted daily with challenges like work-life balance, affordable healthcare, quality jobs, providing child and elder care, education, domestic violence and a lack of female representation in public offices.
While the issues were varying, there were five main themes that were seen throughout the majority of the Hoosier INsight project. These five main issues, health-related issues, work-based issues, childcare, leadership and violence against women, will serve to direct the next steps by the ICW.
On November 18, 2011, from 9:00-12:00, the Indiana Commission for Women will host Hoosier Women Speak debriefing meetings in six locations across the state to develop community action plans to address the top five issues for women. Individuals, community leaders, organizations and businesses are invited to participate in discussion on what action steps can be taken to create positive change in these five areas.
Click on one of the links below to get more details about the meeting in your area and to RSVP.
Honor a Veteran! Honor a Woman Veteran!
On Friday, November 11, the Nation commemorates Veterans Day to honor American veterans. We also would like to take the time to honor the extraordinary contributions of women veterans. Just like men, women in the armed forces have shown patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
Resources are available to women veterans who have unique needs. Hoosier women veterans can join the Hoosier Women Veterans Registry through the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. Its purpose is to serve as an
informational bridge to connect women veterans to the numerous resources and benefits that are available to veterans. The Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor has published a guide to Trauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness
Created for service providers, the guide was created to address the psychological and mental health needs of women veterans.
Don't forget to nominate a deserving woman for the 2012 Torchbearer Awards!
The Indiana Commission for Women (ICW) will be seeking nominations for the 2012 Torchbearer Awards until December 16, 2011. The 2012 Torchbearer Awards are the State of Indiana’s most prestigious recognition of Hoosier women. Indiana Torchbearers are women who have been pioneers throughout their lives and have stepped forward as leaders by breaking down barriers to women’s full participation. These women have become true beacons of light by overcoming immense challenges with courage, perseverance and compassion that creates a lasting legacy and becomes an inspiration for us all.
Recipients of the 2012 Torchbearer Awards will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on March 1, 2012. Visit www.in.gov/icw/2334.htm
to download the nomination form and nominations guidelines. All entries must be submitted no
later than Friday, December 16, 2011.
For more information, contact Kristin Garvey, Executive Director at (317) 233-6303 or email@example.com
About the Indiana Commission for Women
The Indiana Commission for Women (ICW) is committed to the full participation of women in all aspects of society in order to live, work and raise a family. ICW works to move Indiana women forward by encouraging all citizens to become more aware of the issues women face in Indiana and by assisting women to become better connected to the opportunities and resources available in their communities and throughout the State of Indiana and to become more engaged as leaders in resolving challenges that they face. ICW serves as the voice of women in Indiana by communicating their needs and concerns and by celebrating their successes and contributions made to our communities, state and nation