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Hoosier Women Speak

Hoosier Women Speak

Message from the Executive Director

This is an exciting time for women in Indiana.  In just a few years, the country will be celebrating 100 years of women’s right to vote.  It is time to appreciate how far women have come, understand where women are today and what still needs to be done, and envision what women’s full participation would look like on that centennial milestone.

This is also an exciting time for the Indiana Commission for Women.  ICW has been serving the women of Indiana for over 20 years. Since the beginning, ICW has been 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.  Today, we are working to move Indiana women forward by serving as their voice in the public sector.

We continue to raise awareness of women’s needs and concerns and celebrate their contributions and successes.  We encourage women to become better connected to the opportunities and resources in their communities and in the State of Indiana and more engaged in finding solutions to the challenges that they face.

Join us and together, we can keep moving Indiana women forward.

Kristin Svyantek Garvey
Executive Director

Who We Are

The Indiana Commission for Women (ICW) exists to voice women's needs, concerns and challenges as well as celebrate their successes and contributions to Indiana.  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 by removing the barriers that hinder that 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;
  • Providing balanced analysis of public policy issues that impact women in Indiana; and
  • Achieving operational excellence.

Our Mission

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.

What We Do

  • Assessing the current needs and working toward the improvement of the status of women and their families across the state;
  • Advocating and acting as a voice for Indiana women;
  • Partnering with other governmental agencies and outside organizations to leverage the ability to make a positive impact on women's lives; and;
  • Representing Indiana's commitment to improving the quality of life for women and their families.

 

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
  • Leadership

For more information about the 2011 Hoosier Women Speak, go to: https://www.in.gov/icw/2441.htm

Continued Hoosier Women Speak Outreach in 2018

Between June and December of 2018, the Indiana Commission for Women will be holding 13 regional and stakeholder listening sessions to identify key issues facing women, understand the critical needs that women and communities perceive as important, identify changes to key issues occurring between 2011 and 2018 and continue to build relationships with regional partners. 

An accompanying online survey will be utilized to provide for greater participation by women throughout the state and allow for analysis and comparison to 2011 data of the issues identified as important.

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 info@icw.in.gov