National Women’s History Month March 2016

“Working to Form a More Perfect Union:
Honoring Women in Public Service
and Government”

The National Women’s History Month theme for 2016 honors women who have shaped America’s history and its future through their public service and government leadership. Although often overlooked and undervalued, collectively they have dramatically influenced our public policy and the building of viable institutions and organizations. From championing basic human rights to ensuring access and equal opportunity for all Americans, they have led the way in establishing a stronger and more democratic country.

Find more information at National Women’s History Project and check out their awesome webstore!

Feb Meeting Date and Jan Minutes

Our next meeting is on February 15, 2016 at Peaceful Paths, 2100 NW 53rd Ave. Suite A Gainesville, FL 32653.

GCOSW Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

1/11/2016

Attended by: Molly McGowan, Taraneh Darabi, Kristy Sasser, Bella Blizzard and guests Giselle Honeycutt and Angie Chesser

Meeting started at 5:35 p.m.

Updates-

Annual Conference Committee-

  • Co-chairs are Annie Carper and Brandi Corbin
  • Being held on May 10th (Tuesday)
  • Most of the speakers and morning keynote are set, waiting on a few to sign their contracts and to finalize food.
  • Trying to decide on a name for the Conference and Comittee

Survivors Art Exhibit-

  • Will probably be held at The Bull (Bar and Coffee Shop) from May 8-14th with a closing reception

Financial-

  • Current Balance is $8714.47

Discussion:

We have several people who are members but not currently active on the Board for work or physical reasons. The by-laws may need to be amended to allow “emeritus” or lifetime members.

Look into asking someone from the MLK Committee to come speak with us and possibly join our organization.

Other news:

  • Bella Blizzard is going to the induction ceremony for the Women’s Hall of Fame will to be held on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. on the 22ndfloor of the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee and the 3rd Annual Women’s Day at the Capitol on January 28th. She will be representing Sheriff Sadie Darnell.
  • Taraneh Darabi will be going to New York in February to a meeting at the United Nations.
  • There is a panel on Human Trafficking “Raising Awareness and What We Can Do” on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Cone Park Library 2801 E. University Ave. at 10:30 a.m.

Next meeting will be at Peaceful Paths on February 15th at 5:30 pm

Human Trafficking: Raising Awareness and …

Here is a flyer for a local panel on Human Trafficking that is free and open to the public.

Did you know Florida has the highest number of Human Trafficking victims in the United States?

Did you know Florida is one of the top 3 states as a destination state for Human Trafficking in the United States?

Approximately 20,000 people are trafficked into the United States each year. 80% of the Human Trafficking victims are women and children and 70% of the Human Trafficking victims are pornography, sex slaves, and commercial sex. Human Trafficking is a $32 billion dollar industry, second only to drug trafficking and by 2020, will be the number one crime worldwide.

Panel Sponsored By:

Gainesville Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

The International Awareness and Involvement Committee P.O. Box 12245 Gainesville, Florida 32604 478-239-5599 info@gacdst.org

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GCOSW Holiday Party!

holiday-lights-020Celebrate the Season!
We’re planning a Holiday Party
so please say you’ll be here
Let us celebrate the Holiday Season
with good friends and good cheer!
Monday, December 14th at 6:00 p.m.
Northwest Grille
 
The Gainesville Commission on the Status of Women is having their annual Holiday get together! We would love to see you there as allies of the Commission, this is a very laid back way to all see each other and discuss upcoming events and ideas for next year. 
 
Please feel free to bring significant other’s or anyone you know who might be interested. 
 
I ask those of you on the committee’s to please pass this on to the members as we rarely get to see all of them.
Please RSVP to gcosw.org@gmail.com by Friday December 11th, everyone will pay for their own meal (we are a non-profit☺)
 
Thank you!
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Rural Women’s Health Project

Please see the flyer asking for donations for farmworker families in rural areas. This organization works on women’s health among the rural farm community in areas such as HIV, sexual violence, protecting eyesight and breast exam information.  COTflyer

THE RURAL WOMEN’S HEALTH PROJECT

The Rural Women’s Health Project (RWHP), founded in 1991, is a non-profit organization that designs and implements community-based health-education projects, promotes lay-health worker efforts and develops community-driven materials to assist communities in strengthening their understanding of critical health and community issues.

The mission of the RWHP is to work with rural communities to strengthen their capacity to overcome barriers to health justice. Utilizing a community-based approach, community members are involved in all grassroots research, educational campaigns, training and bridging to services— thereby broadening their skills to replicate programs and advocacy strategies.

www.rwhp.org

Editorial: Crime labs need funding

From the Gainesville Sun- November 24, 2015

Gov. Rick Scott and a legislative leader finally seem to recognize the dangers and costs tied to persistent flaws at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s crime labs.

See full article HERE

Florida! Put a Woman in Statuary Hall!

Florida! Put a Woman in Statuary Hall!

Florida’s current representatives in Statuary Hall: John Gorrie (1803–1855) and Edmund Kirby Smith (1824–1893).
EVE’s proposed candidate for a replacement statue: Marjory Stoneman Douglas (1890-1998), conservationist and writer who devoted her life to preserving the Florida Everglades.
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Biographical links for Marjory Stoneman Douglas:
Marjory Stoneman Douglas: Defender of the Everglades

Everglades Biographies: Marjory Stoneman Douglas, 1890-1998

Marjory Stoneman Douglas in the National Women’s Hall of Fame

Marjory Stoneman Douglas, “Mother of the Everglades”

EVE State Coordinator for Florida: Open. Contact Dr. Lynette Long at president@equalvisibilityeverywhere.org if you are interested in volunteering.