Public Hearing on Women’s Issues Takes Place in March at YWCA

A regional public hearing on women’s issues for the greater Haverhill community will be held by state and county commissions next month in Haverhill.

Essex County Commission on the Status of Women.

The Massachusetts and Essex commissions on the Status of Women will hold the public hearing from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 25, at the YWCA of Haverhill, 107 Winter Street.

“Citizens, government officials and organizations that advocate for women and families in the region are invited to attend and encouraged to participate. Let us know about issues that are important to you, your children, your family, your community and the greater Haverhill area. Oral and written testimony will be accepted,” said Melanie Kirsh, MCSW spokesperson.

Anticipated topics at the hearing include “economic justice, combating violence against women, access to reproductive healthcare, affordable housing resources, quality health care and childcare and neighborhood safety,” according to a flyer from the state agency.

Merrimack Valley and regional representatives on the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women include commissioners Penny Blaisdell, Marblehead; Sheila Capone-Wulsin, Lowell; Marianne C. Fleckner, Westford; and Joanne Fitzgerald McCrea, Salem.

“Commissioners serving on the MCSW are appointed by the governor, senate president, speaker of the hHouse and Caucus of Women Legislators. We are responsible for studying, reviewing and reporting on the status of women in the commonwealth and are charged with advising executive and legislative bodies on the effect of proposed legislation on women,” according to an MCSW statement.

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