Yesterday, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council launched the Young Women’s Initiative. According to the New York City Council, The Young Women’s Initiative is "a multiplatform coalition aimed at supporting young women in New York City and combating chronic racial and gender inequality in outcomes when it comes to healthcare, education, involvement in the justice system and economic development."
The initiative will be co-chair by Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Ana Oliveira (President & CEO of the New York Women’s Foundation), Joanne Smith (Founder & Executive Director, Girls for Gender Equity) and Dr. Danielle Moss Lee (President & CEO of the YWCA of New York City).
The Young Women’s Initiative will focus on five areas over the next six months.
- Health: maternal mortality/ morbidity; sexual and reproductive health; chronic conditions; HIV/AIDS; primary care; mental health
- Education: early childhood; Pre-K; K-12 outcomes; school climate; afterschool programs; higher education
- Economic & Workforce Development: employment readiness; employment opportunity; family-friendly workplace policies; pay equity; financial literacy
- Anti-Violence & Criminal Justice: sexual assault; domestic and/or interpersonal violence; experience in the criminal justice system; human trafficking
- Self-Sufficiency & Mobility: income supports; childcare; supportive housing; foster care; child welfare
Photo: The Council Of The City Of New York Office Of Communication