FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2014
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Make Discrimination Against Women Illegal:
It’s Time for an #UpgradeNY
Women’s Equality Coalition Pushes 2014 Agenda
The New York Women’s Equality Coalition (NYWEC) renews its commitment to passing the full Women’s Equality Agenda into law in 2014, including provisions that will upgrade New York’s laws on abortion, domestic violence, human trafficking, and gender discrimination. Despite broad public support in 2013, not one of the measures of the Women’s Equality Agenda became law.
The coalition, with the support of 860 women’s groups, businesses, religious organizations, medical groups, and advocacy organizations from across the state, is united in its efforts to mobilize New Yorkers and push legislators to get the job done this time around. The measures of the Women’s Equality Agenda reflect the complexity of women’s lives—securing equal pay, access to reproductive health, and freedom from discrimination and violence are all essential to women’s equality. New York State needs to update and strengthen its laws to reflect the reality of women’s lives today.
Toward this effort, the coalition launched a new statewide digital and grassroots campaign this past fall, unveiling a satiric two-minute video—Illegal or Just Sleazy—along with a new logo, a revamped website, and an online social media campaign calling for an upgrade to New York’s outmoded laws. NYWEC plans to build on the fall campaign and throw its full weight behind advancing women’s rights and making the Women’s Equality Agenda law.
The NYWEC Steering Committee is comprised of the following organizations:
A Better Balance; AAUW-NYS; Family Planning Advocates of NYS; League of Women Voters NYS; National Organization for Women – NYC; New York Civil Liberties Union, NYS AFL-CIO;
NYS Anti-Trafficking Coalition; NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence;
NYWA/Equal Pay Coalition NYC; Planned Parenthood Advocates of NY;
Sanctuary for Families; YWCAs of New York State