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2019 Voices of Florida Women Online Survey

Please be a part of Voices of Florida Women!
Wanting to be responsive to the specific concerns and needs of women in Florida, the Florida Commission on the Status of Women asks women to share about the challenges they encounter in their everyday lives through the 2019 Voices of Florida Women Online Survey. Available through November 30, 2019, the survey coincides with the 2019 Voices of Florida Women Statewide Listening Tour. The survey asks Florida women to select from a list of predefined issues that they believe affect women in their community as well as issues that affect them personally.
The data collected in both the community conversations and the survey, will be compiled into a report that will describe what is learned about the needs of women and girls – from the Western Panhandle to Key West. The Commission will share the collective data with local, state, and national leaders, and focus our future educational and collaborative efforts on the issues that matter most to women in Florida.
Other Women’s Commissions from across the country are hosting similar initiatives this year and will share the results with the National Association of Women’s Commissions to create a broader report – Voices of American Women, to be published in 2020.
The questionnaire is brief – it takes just a few minutes to complete – and it will give us important feedback to share with local, state and national leaders, and help us focus our future educational and collaborative efforts on the issues that matter most to women in Florida.
Please click on the link below and take the survey, then share it with your friends, colleagues, associates, networks. The survey will close on November 30, so don’t miss this important opportunity to be heard.
Please contact Kelly Sciba at ksciba@fcsw.net for more information regarding Voices of Florida Women.Take the Survey
Thank you for your valuable time.
Commissioner Jenna Persons
Chair, 2019 Voices of Florida Women
Florida Commission on the Status of Women

Fundraising event!

Come out on April 11th to support The Gainesville Commission on the Status of Women at First Magnitude!

-We will be providing Wrist bands and tickets (information on costs coming soon) that give you a discount on select beers and you will also have a chance to WIN awesome PRIZES if you choose to participate in our raffle. We will also have a silent auction where you are able to bid on some awesome gift baskets such as an ORANGE THEORY SWAG BAG with 5 FREE CLASSES worth OVER $200 dollars, A FIRST MAGNITUDE GIFT BASKET, and much more!!

-Not to mention FREE DOOR PRIZES just for coming out and supporting our cause!!

-The KICKIN’ CHICKEN FOOD TRUCK will be providing food to purchase at the event as well so come right after work for some awesome dinner:)

A Little Bit About Us:
-We were established in 1980 by the Gainesville City Commission and are recognized as a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of women and girls in our community.
-We are passionate about increasing awareness and educating the Gainesville Community about the prevalence of interpersonal violence and ways in which we can prevent it.
-We host events such as the Survivors Art Exhibit and Trauma Informed Community Conference, as well as small projects and sponsorships throughout the year.

By coming out to First Magnitude, you will be helping our organization and in turn Gainesville, become a safer place to be in!!

We cannot wait to see you there!!

Save the Date for the GCOSW Conference

We are very excited to be sharing the Save-the-Date for our upcoming Trauma-Informed Care Community Conference, which will be held May 21st, 2019, from 8am-5pm, at Trinity United Methodist Church. 

The theme of the conference is Technology Competency in Trauma Work – we will have several experts presenting on modern technological issues in trauma work. 

Please see the attached Save-the-Date card for more information. CEUs will be available, and more information will be provided at a later date. We invite you to share this Save-the-Date card with any colleagues that would benefit from learning more about this incredibly prevalent topic. 

Tickets go on sale April 1st through Eventbrite.

Women’s History Month Reception at UF

Since March of 1981, Americans everywhere have helped pay tribute to women whose commitment to humanity and to our planet have proved to be invaluable for society.

We are honored and privileged to celebrate these women with our community. On March 14, 2018 the University of Florida hosted the Annual Women’s History Month Reception, which included two awards by the Gainesville Commission on the Status of Women. The awards are the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Ida B. Wells Awards.  Below are photos of various members of our Board and the award winners at the Reception.

The awards are designed to recognize women’s contribution for women’s and/or civil rights which best exemplify the values and accomplishments of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Ida B. Wells.

Our winners this year were Ileana McCray and Donna Weller.

Pictured above is the GCOSW Education Committee and award winner Ileana McCray with UF President Ken Fuchs. 

Pictured above is award winner Donna Waller with UF President Ken Fuchs. 

Here are (from right) Board  President Molly McGowan, Board member JoAnn Wilkes, Jill Keezer and Board member Taraneh Darabi

Facing the camera is Education Committee Chair Victoria Condor-Williams and award winner Ileana McCray