Citizenship Workshop

MARK YOUR CALENDARS & HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!

ARE YOU READY TO BECOME A U.S. CITIZEN?

Receive FREE legal assistance on your application

FREE CITIZENSHIP WORKSHOP

Sunday, June 12 & 26

3:00pm- 6:00pm

St.  Augustine Catholic Church

1738 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32603

Info: 352-222-6601

Please contact to register to: castrolrg@gmail.com

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ESTAS PREPARADO PARA VOLVERTE CIUDADANO DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS?

Reciba ayuda legal gratis con su aplicación

TALLER DE CIUDADANIA GRATIS

Domingo, 12 de Junio & 26 de Junio

3:00pm- 6:00pm

Iglesia Católica San Agustín

1738 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32603

                                           Información: castrolrg@gmail.com o 352-222-6601

Para registrarse: Llame al 352-372-3533, ext. 110

THIS EVENT IS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE SUPPORT OF LATINA WOMEN’S LEAGUE, Saint Augustine Church, UF Hispanic-Latino Affairs, Hispanic Advisory Council, St. Augustine Catholic Church, David Stoller Immigration Lawyers,  Immigration Law Office of Yomayra Vallejo PLLC

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A Sheriff And A Doctor Team Up To Map Childhood Trauma

This is a wonderful article on two women who looked at and found areas of need in our county and did something about it. By finding that both the rates of child abuse, poverty and crime were concentrated in one area with no resources, they set about to change that. Through them came the initiative for the SWAG (Southwest Advocacy Group) Family Resource Center, along with help from many other people and groups. Now run by an independent board, it is a grassroots organization whose goal is to address the needs of the community by connecting individuals and families to services and resources through advocacy and from agency and community partners.

Thank you to Dr. Nancy Hardt and Sheriff Sadie Darnell for working to make our county a better place for children and families.

Please read and listen. 

Read more about SWAG here.

Annual Conference

Our GCOSW Conference was a wonderful day of good programs and speakers, much Thanks to everyone who worked so hard on it. More information will be added soon about the speakers and issues.

If you have feedback, please email to gcosw.org@gmail.com

 

Annual GCOSW Conference

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Good Morning!

 
We are just ONE Day away from the 35th Annual GCOSW Conference!
 
For anyone still interested in joining us, this is the final day to register online for a reduced rate.
Feel free to review the keynote and workshop details in the attached program.
 
Click HERE to Register!
If you prefer to register in person, we will accept check or credit card when you arrive at TUMCtomorrow.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out, we would be happy to help!

We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow,
 
GCOSW Conference Planning Committee

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Welcome to our website! We are happy to provide information for other users interested in the Gainesville Commission on the Status of Women and assorted activities we are involved in. To find specific information, there is a search panel on the right and you can go through the archives. E-mail if you have questions, please be patient as we all have other jobs and don’t always check the email daily. Thank you!

Peaceful Paths Fundraiser

When, Where, What

About the tournament

Join us for the best beanbag toss tournament around! We are very excited to be partnering with First Magnitude Brewing Company as the host Peaceful Paths 4th Annual Cornhole Tournament. Two person teams will compete for a trophy and cash prize while having a great time for a good cause. Register online by Wednesday, May 11, 2016 – space is limited to the first 25 teams. Entry fee is $50 per team and includes one beverage per team member. There will be a food truck onsite so be sure and bring cash for food!  We will also have a chance drawing and a 50/50 raffle.

Myth of Equality in the Workplace

CEDAW Update

“The Myth of Equality in the U.S. Workplace”
This article appeared in Huffington Post. Read here

By JoAnn Kamuf Ward & Hillary Scrivani

Despite the United States’ array of legal protections, women continue to face barriers to equality and the full enjoyment of their human rights.

Currently, the U.S. is the only industrialized country that fails to ensure workers are provided paid parental leave. As a result, only 12 per cent of the private sector workforce is eligible for paid family leave, offered voluntarily by their employer. Yes, that means the majority of working women do not have access to paid family leave when they have a baby. This has real and tangible psychological, physical, emotional, and economic consequences.

Human rights call for equal pay for men and women; for maternity leave with pay; for policies that enable parents to balance family obligations with work responsibilities; as well as for special workplace protections for pregnant women. These protections are laid out in the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, a treaty on women’s rights, also known as CEDAW. International human rights experts have also specifically called on the U.S. to introduce paid parental leave and to address the pay gap.

There is cause for optimism that the U.S. is moving in the right direction. In the absence of federal movement on paid family leave, paid sick time, and pregnancy accommodations, three U.S. states, namely New Jersey, California and Rhode Island have enacted legislation requiring employers to provide paid family leave insurance to their workers. Four states, Connecticut, California, Massachusetts and Oregon, the District of Columbia, and twenty localities now have paid sick time laws insuring a minimal amount of paid sick time to most workers. Additionally, sixteen states, the District of Columbia, and four localities have protections that offer at least some accommodations for pregnant workers.

These are positive steps, but further action is needed at the state and federal levels. Federal legislation that has been introduced such as the Paycheck Fairness Act, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, the Schedules that Work Act, the FAMILY Act, and the Healthy Families Act would contribute to improving gender equality in the workplace and prove better support for families. If enacted, these laws would bring the U.S. much closer to human rights standards for fair treatment in the workplace.
Grounding our thinking about gender equality in human rights terms offers us a framework to shape the types of laws that will better protect women, children, and families.

2/15/2015 Meeting Minutes of Board of Directors

GCOSW Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

February 16, 2016 at 5:30p.m.

2100 NW 53rd Ave. Suite A (Peaceful Paths).

5:30 P.M.        Introductions/Sign-In

Attended by: JoAnn Wilkes, Victoria Condor-Williams, Bella Blizzard, Molly McGowan, Angie Chesser, Kristy Sasser, Taraneh Dahrabi

5:35 P.M.        Meeting Minutes from last meeting- minutes submitted by Molly McGowan Motion to approve by Victoria and seconded by Bella

Updates on:

  1. Treasurer’s Report –
    1. Current Balance $9,092.17
    2. CD’s are 5330.74 and 2551.96 respectively

 Reports:

  1. Conference Committee- Conference is on May 10th and Save the Date cards are going out soon.
  2. Survivor’s Art Exhibit– Report from Whitney Shadowens- Call for Artists will be going out soon, dates are May 9-13th with closing reception on the 13th.
  3. Education Committee– Report by Victoria Condor-Williams- Women’s History month reception and awards will be on March 8th at 5:30 at the Former UF President’s home.
  4. Community Relations-No report
  5. Florida Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony- Bella Blizzard was able to go thanks to Sheriff Darnell, she enjoyed her time meeting others with ladies from other Commissions around and representing the State. She then attended the 2016 Women’s Day at the Capitol.

Next Meeting– We will not be meeting in March because of the Women’s History Month Reception, so our next meeting is April 18th at 5:30pm at Peaceful Paths.

New Business-

The Latina Women’s League and the Latina Film Festival asked for a sponsorship for this year, they sent a formal request. This was voted on and unanimously approved. The amount is $300.

Meeting dates this year- Please mark these on your calendars!

April 18

June 20- Reports from Conference

July 18

August 15

September 19

October 17

November 21

Other Dates-

Peaceful Paths Guest Chef March 10th 6:00-8:00