Women identify key Issues at recent forum

Over 50 Western North Carolina women and a handful of men voted access to health care and economic self-sufficiency as the major legislative priorities that need to be addressed in the 2015 legislative session.

“We are not in position to change people, but we are in a position to change our environment,” said Sen. Terry Van Duyn.

The mid-November forum — which assembles every other year before the state General Assembly — was held at the YWCA of Asheville and hosted by North Carolina Women United, a coalition of progressive organizations and individuals working toward political, social and economic equality of women in North Carolina.

Van Duyn, along with Rep. Susan Fisher, lauded Buncombe County for its role in advancing women’s equality during the 2014 General Assembly and called on the crowd of individuals, officials and representatives from area advocacy and nonprofit groups to rebuild a safety net for families that will resonate with men, women and children across the state.
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