Our programs advocate for public policies important to women and their families while engaging North Carolina women in the political process. Many of our programs correspond with the two-year NC legislative session as noted here.
- Women’s Agenda Assemblies: Diverse groups of women meet in local, often county-based, sessions across the state. NCWU prepares the Draft Women’s Agenda giving background information on key issues apt to come before the legislature. The meetings encourage discussion of these and other issues, leading to a determination of the group’s priorities. Held in the fall of even years (prior to legislative long session).
- Women’s Advocacy Day: Women from across the state gather at the Legislative Building in Raleigh to advocate for the Women’s Legislative Agenda. The Agenda itself, distilled from recommendations of NCWU member organizations and informed by the priorities of the Agenda Assemblies, is released to the public at a press conference held midday. Women’s Advocacy Day is held in the spring of odd years during the legislative long session. Smaller, “short session” Advocacy Days are occasionally organized during even years based on the political environment and other factors.
- Legislative Report Card: Evaluates the progress of the General Assembly on our priority issues from the Women’s Legislative Agenda. The Report Card is released to the public at a midday press conference followed by a casual networking lunch. Hosted in the spring of even years just before the start of the legislative short session.
- Ongoing advocacy: NCWU members are invited to share alerts related to their public policy programs at the state and federal levels at all NCWU sponsored events and on electronic mailing lists. We also facilitate coordination of efforts to highlight issues of collective interest through co-sponsorship of events of importance to women in North Carolina.
- Anne Mackie Award: NCWU honors a woman who has made a significant and long-term commitment to advocacy for women. Named in honor of the founder of the NC Women’s Agenda Assemblies, we present the award in early December at our annual holiday party. This also serves as a networking event.