On Wednesday the Miami Dade County Commission for Women had its first monthly meeting for the 2012 year. The meeting was held at the main campus of Florida International University and was graciously hosted by FIU’s American Medical Women’s Association. Joe Martinez, Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, was present along with Commission members and important local representatives from various organizations.
All of the topics covered at the meeting highlighted important needs in the community. Josefa Lorenzo highlighted a critical small business education program offered at Miami-Dade College and sponsored by the Citi Foundation. The seminars and workshops in this program are FREE for owners of small businesses that are located in Overtown, Allapattah, downtown Miami and certain areas in Miami Beach. For more information about this opportunity please click here.
Additionally, important members in the community discussed concerns about the future of the Jackson Health system. Efforts to maintain Jackson as a publicly owned health system (instead of a private one) were encouraged. Readers can find more information on this issue by clicking here.
The Sisterhood of Survivors (SOS) highlighted current House and Senate bills that are crucial to the protection of women facing domestic abuse. The bill would add Florida to the other 32 states in the country that will grant unemployment benefits to women who must flee their job in order to escape their abuser and survive. Currently, women in Florida must choose between continuing to be abused and fearing for their life or having little to no financial means in which to support themselves. Click here to support the bills and call the SOS for more information at 305-693-1170 ext. 229.
The Women’s Emergency Network (WEN) also announced an important upcoming fundraising event. WEN is responsible for raising awareness and protecting the reproductive rights for all women. Their Bowl-A-Thon is taking place at Splitsville Bowling Alley in Sunset Place on April 16th from 5:30pm-8:00pm. If you would like to attend or to find out more information about this event please click here.
Lastly, the Commission highlighted the fact that March is Women’s History Month and that there will be a Women’s Conference in Miami Beach on Friday, March 16th. Additionally, an honorary event entitled “In the Company of Women” will be held on March 21st at the Biltmore in Coral Gables. Women in various areas (arts, sciences, etc) will be recognized for their efforts.
The Women’s Commission is interested in what you have to say and any needs your organization might have. Their meetings are typically held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 5:30pm at 111 N.W. 1st Street on the 6th floor of the Stephen P. Clark Center. You can also click here for more information on the Commission and what they do.