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CITY OF LINCOLN   •   NEWS RELEASE   •   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date:
August 23, 2001
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Bonnie Coffey, Women’s Commission, 441-8695
Diane Mullins, Women’s Commission, 441-7717

"Women's Voices" Being heard by Commission

Lincoln Mayor Don Wesely today encouraged women to participate in a research study to identify the top five issues that impact the quality of life for women in Lincoln and Lancaster County. The study, called "Women’s Voices," is the first of its type to be conducted by the Lincoln-Lancaster Women’s Commission (LLWC).

"Since its inception in 1976, the Women’s Commission has continued to do a good job of staying in touch with the vital issues that impact women in our community," said Wesely. "This research will help further define the important issues and provide potential solutions."

"Women’s Voices" is a four-page multiple choice questionnaire designed to gather information on a wide variety of issues, including domestic violence, housing, employment, sexual harassment and child care. The survey is being distributed through public forums, mail, email and public events.

The questionnaire is available in several languages, and the LLWC plans to distribute 4,000 copies. The deadline for responding is May 31, 2002, and a report is scheduled to be released in September 2002. Those wanting a questionnaire can contact the LLWC at 441-7716. The questionnaire is also available on the city’s web site, www.lincoln.ne.gov.

Using a model survey implemented by the Women’s Commission in New Mexico, the "Women’s Voices" survey was developed with input from various women’s organizations and local neighborhood community centers such as the Hispanic Center, Asian Community Center, Malone Center, Lincoln Interfaith Council, Indian Center and Faces of the Middle East.

"We hope to reach a broad cross-section of women to get the most accurate data on these issues," said Bonnie Coffey, LLWC Executive Director. "This report will provide valuable resource information for the Women’s Commission as well as other agencies and organizations."

Expenses of the study are being shared by the LLWC and the Friends of the Women’s Commission.

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