(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – The County of Santa Barbara Commission for Women is convening a series of informal listening sessions for local women and girls across Santa Barbara County from Isla Vista to Santa Maria. The 2018 "Women Speak Up" series coincides with Women’s History Month.

The goal of "Women Speak Up" is to bring together women and girls throughout the county to share their thoughts, concerns, needs and ideas with their appointed district Commissioners currently serving on the Commission for Women. The forum is also an opportunity to hear from local social service agencies and resources that benefit and assist female residents in our County.

"Women Speak Up" Schedule of Events:

Isla Vista * 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, Santa Barbara Hillel, 781 Embarcadero del Mar

Goleta * 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, Goleta Library, 500 N Fairview Avenue

Carpinteria * 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, Carpinteria Women’s Club, 1059 Vallecito Road

Lompoc: 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, United Boys & Girls Club Lompoc, 1025 W Ocean Avenue

Guadalupe * 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, Guadalupe City Hall, 918 Obispo Street

Santa Maria: 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 16 (English), Marian Regional Medical Center, Conference Room B

Santa Maria: 7:15 p.m. Friday, March 16 (Spanish

Space is limited, so it is highly recommended that you reserve a seat today

The series is free and open to the public. Refreshments and Spanish language interpretation will be provided at all events. *Childcare will be offered at some locations.

Appointed by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, the Commission for Women is an advisory group that promotes the well-being and equal status of women. Formed in 1973, the Commission has been actively working to better the community for more than 40 years. The Commission is comprised of a diverse group of energetic and committed women who are active community members representing the five supervisorial districts.

To help women in need, the Commission may collaborate with other agencies and commissions; facilitate, recognize and recommend programs; gather and disseminate information; conduct public meetings; and advise the County Board of Supervisors.

For general information about the Commission for Women, contact County staff at sfoley@countyofsb.org or go to http://cosb.countyofsb.org/cfw/index.html.


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