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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.
“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.
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
- Treasurer’s Report –
- Current Balance $9,092.17
- CD’s are 5330.74 and 2551.96 respectively
- Conference Committee- Conference is on May 10th and Save the Date cards are going out soon.
- 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.
- 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.
- Community Relations-No report
- 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.
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!
June 20- Reports from Conference
Peaceful Paths Guest Chef March 10th 6:00-8:00
“Working to Form a More Perfect Union:
Honoring Women in Public Service
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!
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
Attended by: Molly McGowan, Taraneh Darabi, Kristy Sasser, Bella Blizzard and guests Giselle Honeycutt and Angie Chesser
Meeting started at 5:35 p.m.
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
- Current Balance is $8714.47
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.
- 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.orgTrafficking-Flyer-4