Vision, Mission, and Purpose
The Indiana Commission for Women (ICW) is committed to the full participation of women in all aspects of society in order to make Indiana a better place to live, work and raise a family.
We work to remove barriers that hinder women’s participation by increasing awareness of the status of women and their families and the issues they face; recognizing and promoting the contributions that Hoosier women make to their community, state and nation and providing balanced analysis of public policy issues that impact women in Indiana.
Our mission is to understand the needs of Indiana women and their families, and to work strategically both within government and in our communities to help bring about positive solutions.
It is our hope that we can keep moving women forward by encouraging them to retrain and become more educated, to become better connected to their communities, to become aware of the opportunities and resources available to them, to start a business or to step forward as leaders in their industries and in their communities so that they can achieve economic stability and prosperity.
We exist to voice the needs, concerns, challenges and viewpoints of women in order to ensure that women play a representative role in resolving the challenges they face.
Hoosier Women Speak 2.0
The Indiana Commission for Women developed Hoosier Women Speak in 2011 to identify key issues facing women, understand critical needs women and communities perceive as important, build trust with constituents and build relationships with regional partners.Between February and May 2011, the first phase, Hoosier INsight, was a series of seventeen regional listening sessions and accompanying online survey that categorized critical issues affecting women regionally and statewide. The facilitated conversations with constituents across Indiana helped to prioritize challenges women face and developed partnerships with key stakeholders to create a coordinated effort to move Indiana women forward.
The issues discussed were narrowed to the top five issues, which were:
- Health-related issues
- Work-based issues
- Care giving
- Violence against women
For more information about the 2011 Hoosier Women Speak, go to: https://www.in.gov/icw/2441.htm
These discussions can foster a process that engages women and community stakeholders in identifying challenges women face and positive solutions to those challenges. The results can contribute to a better understanding of women's specific needs, to improve communication of those needs and to better recognize ways to remove barriers. They can also assist in informing leaders at the local, county and state levels of important challenges affecting women both regionally and statewide, in expanding coalitions and in building capacity to work across networks to improve outreach efforts.
If your community or group is interested in scheduling someone from ICW to present the Hoosier Women Speak findings or in hosting a listening session, please contact the Indiana Commission for Women at (317) 232-6720 or email@example.com.