April 8, 2013
NC Women United’s Legislative Agenda to be released, call for protection of voting rights, reproductive freedom, and family-friendly policies
Kim Gandy to be special guest as NC Women United hosts Women’s Advocacy Day, presents legislative agenda
Raleigh -State legislators, advocates for women, and the general public will be at the North Carolina General Assembly on Tuesday, April 9th as NC Women United releases their 2013 Women’s Legislative Agenda at Women’s Advocacy Day.
Women’s Advocacy Day is expected to bring 85 to 100 supporters from across the state to Jones Street to meet with lawmakers and advocate for proactive measures that prioritize the needs of women and their families in North Carolina, recognizing that the current legislative session has done little to advance the economic, social, and political status of women in the state. Kim Gandy, CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, will be the keynote speaker of Women’s Advocacy Day.
“Already, the developments of the 2013 legislative session indicate many lawmakers have no problem reversing decades of progress or contributing to the steady erosion of critical rights and protections for women and families,” said Jina Dhillon, President of NC Women United. “We are here today to make our voices heard in the political process.”
Members of the General Assembly will speak in support of the Women’s Legislative Agenda at noon in the legislative press conference room. Invited speakers include Representatives Becky Carney (D-Mecklenburg), Rosa Gill (D-Wake), Jean Farmer-Butterfield (D-Wilson), and Deborah Ross (D-Wake). State lawmakers will discuss the four core policy areas included the Legislative Agenda: access to health care, civic participation and equality, economic self-sufficiency, and violence against women.
The discussion will include both a discussion of the devastating decisions already approved by lawmakers as well as policies that are available that can put North Carolina on a path to a better future, as documented in the legislative agenda.
“Low-income women and their families deserve affordable, quality health care coverage,” said Representative Becky Carney, the Chair of the Joint Legislative Women’s Caucus. “By blocking the expansion of a critical program like Medicaid, legislative leadership failed to meet the basic health care needs of tens of thousands of women in North Carolina.”
Legislative items featured on the 2013 Women’s Legislative Agenda were determined by NC Women United’s 31 member organizations to be the most pressing issues facing women and their families in North Carolina.
NC Women United (NCWU) is a coalition of progressive organizations and individuals working to achieve the full political, social, and economic equality of all women across North Carolina. NCWU works to build women’s power through grassroots activism, community organizing, legislative advocacy, and engagement in the political process.