On October 17 sixty participants gathered to hear Councilmember LaToya Cantrell connect the positive impact of community-driven collaborations on issues affecting women and girls to the positive outcomes of policy legislation regarding those issues at the local and state level. The agenda we are all helping to shape for the Tricentennial will play a significant role in charting the future for the women and girls of New Orleans. We also heard moving testimony from an LSU medical student and from a young woman in Ghana illustrating how they have achieved goals once thought impossible due to supportive female role models and services.
Participants in the break-out sessions discussed organizations providing programs that address health, gender-based violence, education and economic opportunity. We ask you to please review the notes from the break-out and email other organizations you know about or others ideas you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will reconvene the Pillar groups in late November/early December to discuss what the most successful programs are achieving, how their success is measured and to understand where there are overlaps in preparation for our third community meeting in early 2017 when we will hear from international representatives about women-focused programs and policies that have successfully overcome challenges in health, education, economic opportunity and gender-based violence in their countries.