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Take part in our 50/50 Campaign

To support the goals of the 50/50 campaign YWCA Hartford Region is collecting demographic information and community input. We ask that you take a few minutes to use the link below to take our pre-survey on your experience with boards and commissions in your municipality.

50/50 Campaign Pre-Survey: https://forms.office.com/r/xF1X2fEKeX

Presentation webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xamsqPsSVus

For more information or to schedule a presentation for your group or organization please email Terry Fitzgerald at Terryf@ywcahartford.org 

Campaign Description:

YWCA Hartford Region is spearheading an effort to promote equitable gender and racial diversity on municipal boards and commissions especially those focusing on quality of life issues for all residents. 

The 50/50 Campaign seeks to increase civic participation amongst marginalized communities and promote equitable racial and gender representation on municipal boards and commissions.

•50 percent of our effort is in partnership with Hartford Region municipalities to make focused efforts to reform policies, processes and practices to promote equitable racial and gender representation on municipal boards and commissions, especially those focusing on quality of life issues for all residents.

•50 percent of our effort engages and educates community members on the roles, authority and impact of boards and commissions on their community while using community voice to inform municipalities of the communities perceived barriers to participation.

Campaign Background:

In 2020 the Office of the Secretary of State published the Secretary of State’s Report on Gender and Racial Composition of Connecticut State Boards and Commissions. During the 2021 Legislative Session, the Connecticut General Assembly enacted Public Act No. 21-35 declaring racism a public health crisis and Public Act No. 21-49 which set in action efforts to diversify state boards and commissions. YWCA Hartford Region was an active advocate for the passage of both laws; standing on its mission to eliminate racism and empower women.

The passage of these two laws signifies Connecticut’s continued effort to promote and support diversity, equity and inclusion in a meaningful way; in turn, improving the quality of life for all its residents. The 50/50 Campaign galvanizes a local response to deepen this work. Participation on municipal boards and commissions often serve as a pipeline to representation in public office, especially for people of color and those who identify as women. Equitable representation in the state and local government process is critical to improving quality of life for all Connecticut residents.

Campaign Purpose:

•The 50/50 Campaign aims to educate and encourage community member to join municipal boards and commissions. The goal is to promote residents to participate in decision making processes which impact quality of life issues for all residents.

•Participation on municipal boards and commissions often serves as a pipeline to representation in elected office, especially for people of color and those who identify as women.

•YWCA Hartford Region is partnering with municipalities and volunteer based community organizations to increase recruitment, appointment and retention of people of color and those who identify as women.

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