October 22, 2002
WOMEN INVITED TO DISCUSS ISSUES FOR
NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Charlotte, NC - A coalition of organizations, including the Mecklenburg County Women's Commission, is seeking to increase the collective voice of women and women's-rights advocates in the North Carolina legislature. On Tuesday, October 29, 2002, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Women's Agenda Assembly will be held to discuss recommendations for changing public policies to better meet the needs of women and their communities. The assembly begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Hal Marshall County Services Center, 700 North Tryon Street, Charlotte.
Invitations are being extended to women from a wide range of social, ethnic, economic, and public interest groups. This assembly is one of many that will be held across the state as part of NC Women United's Women's Agenda Program. NC Women United is a consensus-based coalition of organizations and individuals committed to achieving full equality for and empowerment of women.
The co-coordinators of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg local agenda are June Kimmel, region director, N.C. Council for Women/Domestic Violence Commission and Pat Grigg, director of the Mecklenburg County Women's Commission. "This assembly gives women a voice," says Grigg. "It enables women to learn about, act upon, and further the progress of women's issues. Women must be encouraged and empowered to have a voice in North Carolina's legislative process."
Issues that will be addressed at the upcoming assembly range from economic self-sufficiency to sexual assault, adolescent pregnancy to aging, and from clean elections to domestic violence. The issues that are prioritized become the focus of a lobbying effort called Women's Advocacy Day, which is held at the opening of the long session of the North Carolina General Assembly, February 2003.
To register, call the Mecklenburg County Women's Commission at 704-336-3210. The deadline for registration is Friday, October 25.