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.
Schedule of Listening Sessions
- October 10, 2018 - Fort Wayne, Indiana - Report
- November 1, 2018 - Richmond, Indiana - Report
- November 28, 2018 - Indianapolis, Indiana - Report
- November 28, 2018 - Women Veterans Listening Session - Report
- December 6, 2018 - Terre Haute, Indiana - Report
- December 6, 2018 - Bloomington, Indiana - Report
- December 12, 2018 - South Bend, Indiana - POSTPONED
- December 13, 2018 - Low-Income Women Listening Session - Report
Other dates will be added as they are confirmed. Cities in the planning stage:
- Evansville, Indiana
- Southeast Indiana
- Lafayette, Indiana
- Northwest Indiana
- South Bend, Indiana
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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