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About the Commission

2014 Women Empowerment Expo

The Baltimore County Commission for Women continues to identify and address women’s needs through education, legislation and outreach programs. The Commission continues to work on raising awareness about domestic violence, human trafficking, promotion of women and children’s health, and empowerment. This Expo is our women empowerment banner event wherein all issues that affect women and children will be addressed under one forum, the 2014 Women Empowerment Expo. Help us continuously build a thriving and healthy community — join us!

NACW Award

The Baltimore County Commission for Women was proud to receive the National Association of Commission for Women (NACW) Achievement Award in recognition of the most successful (2012) "Power of the Purse Event" which helped educate the public and raise awareness about the issue of Human Trafficking in our State.

History

The Commission for Women was established by an act of the Baltimore County Council on January 3, 1977, and held its first meeting on June 23, 1977.

Structure

The Commission consists of 21 members: 14 appointed by the County Executive, one appointed by each County Council member. Commissioners, residents of Baltimore County, serve three-year terms.

Mission and Purpose

It is the mission of the Baltimore County Commission for Women, through education and outreach, to identify and advocate for programs, legislation, and services to meet the needs of the women of Baltimore County.

Purpose

  • Serve as an advocate for women's issues.
  • Disseminate information which will contribute to meeting the needs of women.
  • Provide recommendations on matters relating to sex discrimination, equal rights and opportunities and other issues of concern to women.
  • Investigate conditions which define the unmet needs of women.
  • Work to remove inequities in such areas as housing, recreation, employment, education, community services and others.
  • Provide contact information and referrals for services in the County related to the needs of women.
  • Work in partnership with the National Association of Commissions for Women (NACW) to promote passage of laws and legislation of interest to women.

Initiatives

The Commission for Women has identified current initiatives.

  • Human Trafficking Awareness promotes the eradication of human trafficking and monitors the trafficking of persons in both lawful and illicit industries in Baltimore County. A human trafficking study was conducted Spring of 2012 by the Commission for Women confirmed that human trafficking exists in Maryland — and that it is in our own backyard. NACW Achievement Award (PDF)
  • Domestic Violence is dedicated to monitoring and assisting victims of abuse in women, children and the elderly — project concentration in West Baltimore County.
  • Women’s Health educates and provides resources for well-being of women and girls —  project concentration in East Baltimore County.
  • Woman of the Year honors Baltimore County women who have made significant contributions to the community. (see previous winners)
  • Women’s Conference educates women regarding issues including empowerment, financial management, work-force and healthy relationships.
  • Legislative issues of interest to women are monitored.
  • Semestral Internships and mentorship for students on a particular study that is relevant to women’s issues.

Meetings

Meetings of the Commission for Women are held on the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m.

Contact

Historic Courthouse, Mezzanine
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204
Email: women@baltimorecountymd.gov
Telephone: 410-887-3448
Fax: 410-337-8496

Revised March 13, 2014

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