Women and girls face many hurdles ranging from gender inequality to sexual harassment, women’s health issues and discrimination in the workplace.
These issues only intensify when one is economically disadvantaged.
The Contra Costa Commission for Women (CCCW) was formed in 1984 to tackle issues women and girls in the county face and to educate the community and Board of Supervisors on the changing status of women. The CCCW’s mission is to improve the economic status, social welfare and overall quality of life for local women.
“We advocate for policies that improve the overall quality of life for women and girls,” said local resident Jennifer Cohen, treasurer of the CCCW.
According to Cohen, since the commission was founded, the members have tackled a wide range of issues, from girl-on-girl violence in schools to implicit bias – issues that have a far-reaching impact.
“We work by researching issues and then reporting them to the supervisors and the community,” said Cohen.
Besides providing a focal point for issues related to women, the commission also organizes and co-sponsors conferences, forums and public hearings to address issues related to women and girls.
CCCW Co-chair Beth Mora, local resident and plaintiff employment attorney, finds her role of helping women in the county both empowering and fulfilling.
“The (CCCW) is just one of the many foundational ways we and so many other people in the community can help make change one day and one action at a time for others,” said Mora. “We would like very much to receive fewer calls from women suffering.”
Local residents in need of help can reach out to the CCCW by either attending monthly meetings or visiting the website, which provides a list of referrals to a variety of support organizations. Members of the community can also contact commission members individually with questions or schedule to meet with them in person to discuss issues.
The commission meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Gayle B. Uilkema Memorial Board Room at the County Connection Paratransit Facility, 2477 Arnold Industrial Way, in Concord.