Mayor Greg Fischer today announced the creation of a task force to develop a Gender Equity Commission to advance key areas of equity for women. Led by the Metro Women’s Bureau, a small team of Metro leaders will hold three town hall meetings to gather community input and then develop a report on the scope, direction and structure of the commission.
“Women make up more than half of our city’s population and are the driving force behind the success of our city and its people,” said Mayor Fischer. “While progress has been made, women in our community still face challenges, including in the economic, public safety and other areas. This commission will work to reduce these barriers and ensure that policies advance our goals for a more equitable Louisville.
“We are announcing this at the end of Women’s History Month to signal that gender equity is a daily priority,” said Gretchen Hunt, Executive Administrator of the Women’s Bureau. “We want to work with the community to make sure we prioritize the needs and experiences of women who have been historically marginalized.”
The first public meeting is scheduled for April 27 at 7 p.m. at the South West Library. Virtual meetings will also be available. For more information, contact Gretchen Hunt at 502-574-3536 or [email protected].
About the Women’s Bureau:
The Louisville Metropolitan Government Women’s Office was established in 1991 to elevate the status of women in the city through education, advocacy, and legislation. Its focus areas include gender-based violence, human trafficking, education, housing, social and economic well-being, self-reliance and civic engagement.
During his tenure, Mayor Greg Fischer has worked through the office to advocate for policy changes and programs that directly improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable women in our community – ranging from preventing evictions to from education to reducing maternal and infant morbidity through the Louisville Healthy Babies Initiative. In 2021, he signed an order providing paid parental leave for Louisville metropolitan government employees welcoming a child by birth or adoption, and in 2022, he elevated and moved the Women’s Bureau to reside within of the City’s Office of Equity to streamline and amplify efforts to seek equity in our community. Mayor Fischer has a strong track record of hiring, promoting and working alongside strong women leaders, and women have played key roles in his administration, from Deputy Mayor to key departments impacting equity. , economic development, resilience and technology, to name a few. .