Tallahassee, FL (December 16, 2016) — The Florida Commission on the Status of Women remains focused on providing a collaborate platform for those seeking information on issues that affect women, girls and their families in our state.
We understand that each community in our state is unique, representing both rural and urban areas and that the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state’s population is varied which of course has an impact on statistics. For that reason, the work being done in each of these communities is unique and vital. It is important to understand and assist the unique needs of the women and girls in those communities and we know that information should be shared.
We commend the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and the Florida Women’s Funding Alliance on the work on the report just released and while the facts may appear grim, they certainly continue to provide the catalyst and motivation for the hundreds of public and private organizations, advisory boards and foundations statewide to stay on task with the good work they are engaged in.
There are bright spots and much opportunity. It is through collaborative efforts that information and resources should be shared with those who are working so diligently to affect change and improve lives.
We recognize through our work that Financial Education is critical and in 2016 we have embarked on a program of work in that arena. As we move into our 2017-2018 strategic work we will continue to focus on connecting and supporting public and private service and financial organizations in their work to educate women and their families on how to best access financial education and resources.
There is so much good work being done in each county and community and a strong collaborative voice working horizontally together will make a huge impact in moving the staggering statistics we face in a more positive direction.
Despite the dramatic advancement of women in recent decades, women are still far more likely than men to be unemployed or underemployed, deal with violence, live in substandard housing or face homelessness and lack adequate health care.
These are critical circumstances that can be addressed with a collaborative effort and we are enthusiastic about the opportunities for all of us to continue to work towards a solution.