Acts as advisor and information source for legislative and executive branches and other policy makers on issues affecting women
Serves as an educational resource by conducting research, producing publications and coordinating conferences and workshops
Brings together diverse groups and engages in partnerships to consider issues of interest to women and take action
Provides the most local and most appropriate information and referrals to the public on matters related to women and families
VCW ACCOMPLISHES OUR WORK THROUGH:
PUBLIC EDUCATION: Addressing issues or publicizing current data through presentations and workshops to groups around Vermont, via media in interviews, articles and commentary, and on our social media channels. Last year VCW appeared in print, radio and television 73 times. Our e-network, VIEW serves as a statewide community calendar, spreading word of approximately 500 events or announcements last year.
PUBLIC POLICY: We organize events which study, celebrate or listen to the needs or conditions of women. We work in coalition or lead support for legislation that improves the status of women and girls.
INFORMATION AND REFERRAL: The commission offers both an on-line resource guide that helps Vermonters help themselves, and an information and referral service that gets the individual to the most appropriate and most local resource to resolve their issue. Our approach is to listen well, assist the client to prioritize needs, and then provide resources. These interactions help us identify gaps and take action. We often read or email excerpts from our handbook, The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont, first published in 1978, to clients to explain their rights and responsibilities. Our many other publications help Vermonters understand frequently-asked-about topics like family leave, sexual harassment or running for public office.