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WI Women’s Policy Institute: A Chance to Effect Change

January 9, 2012

MADISON, Wis. - Making public policies that improve life for senior citizens in Wisconsin is the aim of a new project of the Wisconsin Women's Network called the Wisconsin Women's Policy Institute. Network board chair, Eve Galanter, describes the goal of the new venture, which is currently recruiting women.

"We want to increase the number of women community leaders who can become actively involved in shaping and implementing public policies that will affect the health and well-being of women in Wisconsin."

Galanter says the Institute will offer training two consecutive days of the month, over four months, starting in March.

"We are looking for women of all ages, women in our urban centers as well as in rural communities, who are involved with organizations interested in issues that affect seniors in Wisconsin."

The deadline to apply is Jan. 17, and the application is available at womensnetwork.org. There is no charge to apply, Galanter says, and the group is raising funds to help defray the cost of attending the training. Participants will learn how to become effective community leaders who can then be active advocates for Wisconsin's senior citizens, she explains. The Institute will help participants develop advocacy skills and provide information about Wisconsin's legislative and administrative policy process, she adds.

The Wisconsin Women's Network is made up of a number of organizations, Galanter notes.

"We have groups such as 9t5, AAUW, League of Women Voters and the Milwaukee Aging Consortium, plus individuals who are working on behalf of women and girls in Wisconsin."

Galanter says the groups have seen a need for public policy advocates who can help ensure that women in the state will be able to age with dignity and security, wherever they choose to live. According to the Census Bureau, women make up just over half of Wisconsin's population.

The application may be downloaded from http://wiwomensnetwork.org/issues/wwpi.

Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI