Friday, November 23, 2012

Women’s Policy Day to be held in Hartford

HARTFORD – The Permanent Commission on the Status of Women  and "five noted
women’s advocacy organizations" will present an opportunity for the public to learn about the legislative process and to become engaged in public policy, according to a statement.
"Based on the success of last year’s Women’s Policy Day, the PCSW jointly created this annual event at which participants gain a better understanding of how decisions are made at the Capitol and learn the tools needed to become leaders on policy changes that affect women."
Women’s Policy Day will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 27 in the Legislative Office

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and Secretary of the State Denise Merrill "will stop by to greet participants in
support of the efforts of the PCSW and its coalition partners," the statement said.
Also, according to the statement, the day will include opportunities for participants to:
• Find out what women need to know about the impact of the federal Affordable Care Act on women’s health. Featuring Connecticut Healthcare Advocate Victoria Veltri.
• Hear about women’s policy from a panel of female lawmakers serving in the Connecticut General
• Learn the basics of how the General Assembly works and join an interactive session on the public
hearing process, including tips for how to testify on a bill.
The PCSW, a policy arm of the Legislative Branch, is working with the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund, the Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services, the Connecticut
Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Junior League of Hartford, and the General Federation
of Women’s Clubs of Connecticut, the statement said.
“This recent election proved women are insisting that their voices be heard on both state and national levels,” said PCSW Executive Director Teresa C. Younger, also in the statement. “We’re inviting women from throughout the state to join with advocates working in all aspects of women’s rights to find the most effective and informed ways to raise those voices.”
Younger is joined by others in the women’s community in stressing the day’s importance.

The day’s schedule is:
8:30-9:00 Registration/Coffee
9:00-9:15 Welcome & Introductions
9:15-10:00 Vicki Veltri, Healthcare Advocate re: Affordable Care Act
10:00-11:00 General Assembly 101
11:00-11:30 Break
11:30-12:10 Legislator Panel
12:10-12:50 Mock Public Hearing
12:50-1:00 Closing Remarks

Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.

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