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ECU Hosts Women’s Agenda Assembly: Local Women Have Their Say

Women in Pitt County will gather at East Carolina University on Sept. 25 to voice opinions on what they feel are important issues to bring to the legislative process

“The Women’s Agenda Assembly – Pitt County,” sponsored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Women’s Studies Program, will meet in the Bate Building, room 1031, from 1-4 p.m. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. for the free, public event.  

This assembly is one of many to be held across the state as part of the N.C. Women United Women’s Agenda Program. N.C. Women United 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.  

On the day of the assembly, attendees will hear from speakers regarding the specific recommendations set forth in the N.C. Women United 2008 Draft Women’s Agenda. Access to health care continues as a top priority for discussion at this year’s assembly. Small-group discussions will follow, allowing participants to prioritize issues. Results of the break-out sessions then will be compiled to determine the Women’s Agenda for Pitt County. Priorities determined statewide will be launched on Women’s Advocacy Day scheduled for March 2011.

“Local women’s agenda assemblies lay the grassroots foundation for women’s issues addressed during the General Assembly’s long session,” said Dr. Rebecca Powers, coordinator of the Pitt County Women’s Agenda Assembly and associate professor of sociology at ECU. “It enables women to learn about, act upon and further women’s issues. It is important that women are empowered and have a voice in the legislative process.”

For additional information on the Women’s Agenda Assembly-Pitt County, contact Powers at 252-328-4885 or powersr@ecu.edu. Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.