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Friday, October 19 2012

Public Hearing on Status of Women to be Held Tuesday

From a Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) press release:

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women (MCSW) and the town of Greenfield will co-host a public hearing on October 24, 2012, from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. The hearing will be held at the Greenfield High School, located at 1 Lennox Avenue, Greenfield, MA 01301. 

The purpose of the hearing is to give all stakeholders in Greenfield as well as those in the surrounding community the opportunity to discuss issues and concerns important to women, as well as the gaps or barriers they have experienced in the provision of services available. Citizens, government officials, and organizations that advocate for women and families in the region are invited to attend and encouraged to participate in the open public hearing by providing testimony/recommendations.

The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women represents one of the 13 municipal, regional, and state commissions appointed to advance women toward full equality in all areas of life and to provide a permanent, effective voice for women in communities across the Commonwealth. The October 24 public hearing is one way the commissions fulfill their mandate of surveying, reviewing and reporting on the status of women in Massachusetts.

The testimonies provided will be recorded and discussed by the commissioners to consider the impact of policy on women and families in the region. The findings will be cited in the MCSW Annual Report to the commissions’ appointing authorities and to state and local officials. In following up on the recommendations, the commissions will work with regional organizations and elected officials to assess the impact of legislation.

The commissions will accept both written and oral testimony at the October 24 hearing. Those interested in testifying should sign in upon arriving at the event and will be called upon in order of entry. Oral statements should be limited to three minutes per speaker and should include recommendations to the commissions.

For more information about the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women or the October 24th hearing, please contact Jill Ashton, director of MCSW, at or 617-626-6520.