MEDIA RELEASE: Lawmakers & advocates call for renewed investments in women and their families in these tough economic times

April 1, 2009
Veronica Butcher (919) 475-7858
Louisa Warren, (919) 961-3360

Lawmakers and advocates call for renewed investments in women and their families in these tough economic times
Women's Advocacy Day brings together women and elected leaders from across the state

RALEIGH (April 1, 2009) ---State legislators and women from across North Carolina joined together today to participate in NC Women United's annual Women's Advocacy Day, which is now in its twentieth year and to officially unveil the 2009 Women's Agenda.

"Women and their families have made great strides in North Carolina over the last decades but we've still got a long way to go," said Senator Ellie Kinnaird (D-Orange).  "Full equality will not be achieved until we fully address issues like access to healthcare, economic security, civic participation, and violence against women."

Senator Kinnaird spoke alongside several other N.C. General Assembly members to outline the 2009 Women's Agenda, including Rep. Alma Adams (D-Guilford), Rep. Tricia Cotham (D-Mecklenburg), Rep. Jean Farmer-Butterfield (D-Wilson), Rep. Susan Fisher (D-Buncombe), Rep. Rick Glazier (D-Cumberland), Rep. Marian McLawhorn (D-Pitt), and Rep. Deborah Ross (D-Wake).

"Everyone has been affected by these tough economic times but women and their families are being hit the hardest," added Veronica Butcher, President of NC Women United.  "Now, more than ever, we need to protect investments in vital programs and pass policies to provide affordable housing, healthcare, and paid sick time for those in need. We must also ensure critical services for victims of sexual and domestic violence do not bear the burden of this economic downturn."

Women's Advocacy Day participants visited with lawmakers to share their stories and push for their Women's Legislative Agenda, which supports items such as: the Healthy Youth Act, a two-track system for sexuality education, increased investments for the Home & Community Care Block Grant, passage of the School Violence Prevention Act, the NC Housing Trust Fund, voter-owned elections programs, paid sick days, and sexual assault and domestic violence prevention programs.

NC Women United (NCWU) is a coalition of progressive organizations and individuals working to achieve the full political, social, and economic equality of all women across North Carolina. NCWU works to build women's power through grassroots activism, community organizing, legislative advocacy, and engagement in the political process.

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