Every year, hundreds of women throughout Maui County work hard, take care of their families and do the best they can with limited resources and information. In 2020 the County of Maui Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) would like to make a difference – but in order to do so we need your help!
If you are 18 to 81 and older, your Mana’o is needed. The County of Maui CSW is conducting their own Voices of Women in America Survey similar to that of the National Association of Commissions for Women but tailored to our islands. Please take the time to complete it. You can find the survey online at www.mauicounty.gov/COSWomenSurvey or pick it up and drop off at the Mayor’s office on the 9th floor of the Kalana O Maui Building on 200 S. High street in Wailuku.
What you have to say, how you want to live and learn and grow throughout our Maui Nui makes you our most vital resource. The survey asks about issues that impact women on a daily basis in their lives at home, work and out in our community. What are your most pressing challenges? Is it poverty, divorce, affordable housing, access to paid family and medical leave?
Do you feel there is enough affordable childcare and educational options? What county resources do you use, if any? Do you think there should be more available, and if so, what? This is your opportunity to let the county know where funding is needed for various Maui programs.
What are your greatest concerns about living here? Do you think Maui County is a good place for a women to reside, and if not why? All answers are anonymous and could help move policy and funding to better support women.
2020 is also the year of the census. The census has been conducted every ten years since 1790, but 2020 is unique as it is the first year we can respond online or by phone as well as by mail in or in person. Participation is required by law. Federal programs use census data to help direct funding to state and local communities helping to determine how more than $675 billion in federal funding is allocated each year for roads, schools, hospitals (health clinics), emergency services, and more, for example, every additional person included in the count adds $1,500 per year, for 10 years, to federal money sent to Maui County for schools, MEO Head Start and other educational programs.
We cannot do this without you. You have a voice. This is the place, JOIN IN! And allow your mana’o to flow.
The County of Maui Committee on the Status of Women advocates for social justice, educates women on their rights, educates women to vote, engages in political processes, gathers information on women’s issues, promotes women’s equality, and serves as a resource for women through programming, public education, and citizen participation.
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