CAlifornia Women's Agenda

INSTITUTIONAL MECHANISMS

"Mandates should be implemented to assure that all women of California are compensated for all labor and this be measured after a thorough, accountable and empirical process."


Co-Chairs:
Sandra Sohcot &
Judy Bloom


The 8th Critical Area of Concern, "Institutional Mechanisms" directs that the women's community does everything in its power to ensure that responsibility for the advancement of women is invested at the highest level of Government; integrate gender perspectives in all legislation, public policies, programs and projeccts; and collect and disseminate statistics showing gender impact of policies and programs.

Mandates should be implemented to assure that all women of California are compensated for all labor and this be measured after a thorough, accountable and empirical process. California should assume responsibility as a model and catalyst for all states interested in truly counting and measuring women's work and thereby providing a vehicle for economic justice, including reparations for all previously unpaid women's labor.

The entire workday, both waged and unwaged, must be investigated to: 1) explore the costs of a woman juggling wage jobs and work in the family, and for reevaluation of waged work, currently grossly undervalued; and 2) include all sectors of women, black, women of color, immigrant, undocumented, Lesbian women, older women, women with disabilities, sex workers, etc.

CALIFORNIA VISION STATEMENT

Our vision for the women and girls of California includes the following:


ISSUES OF CONCERN


RECOMMENDED ACTIONS

Actions to be taken by Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations:

1. Action: Count Unwaged Work

Develop and expand further work already underway at federal level, at the state level and bring pressure on federal agencies to implement (Departments of Commerce & Labor)

1.1 Develop Resolutions for adoption by local agencies or legislators.

1.2 Query all candidates in public forums.

1.3 Op Ed pieces in local media.

l.4 Network with other NGO's, welfare, health, domestic violence, and environmental groups.

1.5 Educate the public on the issue.

1.6. Bring pressure to bear on state legislature to implement "equal pay for equal work".

1.7. Do everything possible to pass the prevailing wage initiative on the November '96 ballot

1.8. Achieve a prevailing wage that is a "liveable" wage.


Existing Organizations:

"Wages for Housework Campaign"

The International "Women Count" Network
(in San Francisco, Rachel West 415-626-4114; in LA, Ruth Tocasco, 213-292-7405)

U.N. Commission on the Status of Women

U.S. Dept of State National Report

 

2. Action: Insure that all eligible voters vote.

2.1 Implement and enforce motor voter bill

2.2 Hold voter registration drives

2.3 Facilitate citizenship drives

2.4 Acknowledge and prevent harassment of potential voters

2.5 Encourage multi-lingual forums to review ballots, one on one

 

Existing Organizations/Agencies:

Commission on the Status of Women

LULAC

MAPA

Operation 1000 (San Diego)

Ethnic/cultural Orgs

South West Voter Registration

League of Women Voters

School Boards and Administrations

 

3. Action: Election of women at all levels of Government with appointments to reflect the percentage of women in the population.

3.1. Promote and support those groups whose primary mission is to recruit and elect women to office & public appointments

3.2. Pursue legislation that would develop affirmative action policies for groups promoting women in public office, i.e. air time during election seasons

 

4. Action: To have institutions at all levels of government and NGO's responsive to the goals of CAWA

4.1. Encourage networking among groups that promote women's issues and a constitutional amendment for women's equity (ERA)

4.2. Create a watchdog activity in CA tto oversee ERA, Affirmative Action and economic equity

4.3. Promote and do what is necessary to promote the ERA at the federal level.

4.4. Gain passage of Assembly Joint Resolution #71

4.5. Lobby legislators to ensure sex-equity funding is included in educational programs

4.6. Enforce "Gender Equity Standards for Teaching in the CA Public Schools" (April 1996, Commission on Teacher Credentialing)


5. Action: Implement Platform for Action Sec. 04/205

Existing Organizations:

National Women's Political Caucus of California

Local chapters of NWPC (25)

ACLU for Justice

Community College programs that promote women and careers

Political PACS for women, Unions

 

6. Action: Put institutions in place to facilitate communication, consensus and concrete plans for action involving various economic, social, religious and gender groups and identify existing organizations who could use the internet to accomplish this goal.


7. Action: To ensure that women are involved at all levels of budget-making

7.1 Elect women to office

7.2 Appoint women to commissions

7.3 Watch dog affirmative action in those agencies where women need to be employed in order to learn budgeting and public policy.

7.4 Educate and inform women about budget issues

7.5 Form active work groups and commissions that use coalition building for support.

 

8. Action: No War Shall be Waged without a Referendum of The People.

8.1 Implement a Constitutional Amendment

 

9. Action: Create free and easy communication linkages between women at all levels of government, at home and globally

9.1 Internet networking

9.2 Annual teleconferences national wide

9.3 Plan another Women's World Conference for the year 2001

9.4 Regional Conference planning

9.5 Solicit funding for the President's Interagency Council

 

10. Action: Hold Onto Hard-Won Rights

10.1 Defeat California Civil Rights Initiative

10.2 Protect ERA

10.3 Protect Reproductive Rights & Family Planning Programs

10.4. Secure steady & reliable funding for all Commissions on the Status of Women at all governmental levels


Adopted by the Institutional Mechanisms Task Force of the California Women's Agenda Assembly on June 29, 1996


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