Current Activities and Achievements
What we're doing now
Committees for 2017-2018
1) Outreach: This committee aims to put a public face on the work of the commission so that both supervisors and district constituents know the what, when, why and how of our work. Commissioners on this committee are liaisons between supervisors and county residents. We welcome your input on issues and concerns that matter most to women, girls and families in your communities. Got a relevant topic or event we should know about? Tell us. And be on the lookout for our events co-sponsored by community groups and organizations in your area.
2) Policy: This committee tracks local, state, and national policies and legislation that affect the lives of women and girls across all five districts throughout Santa Barbara County. We work with policy organizations (i.e. the National Association of Commissions for Women, and the Association of California Commissions for Women, and others), monitor websites and other policy documents pertaining to women. Also, we alert you to significant local votes and public discussions of policy matters, and we provide input from you to the County Board of Supervisors.
3) Leadership Development: This committee aims to encourage more women to become more involved in local government, and to develop leadership training events that help position women for leadership opportunities, particularly in local government. The leadership committee also nominates groups and individuals for service awards, oversee the process of updating CFW's 2015 Gender Report, and more.
4) Listening Sessions: This committee is designed to be the eyes and ears of the supervisors and of district communities who need to speak to each other. Among the places for information-seeking of issues related to women are school boards, community groups, non-profit organizations, food pantries, volunteer organizations, health care service providers, etc. We also organize CFW Town Halls/Listening Sessions across the county, identify co-sponsors for these community engagement sessions, and more.
5) Advocacy: This committee advocates for causes that directly benefit and affect women, causes such as: sexual abuse prevention, racial profiling, and human trafficking, among others. Our advocacy can be publicly undertaken by the CFW as well as be supportive of non-CFW entities working to address issues that affect women and girls.
6) Veteran's Stand Down: This committee functions as the CFW's liaison with Santa Barbara county's Annual Veteran's Stand Down Event. As an important community program and service, the Veteran's Stand Down is a special way for the CFW to communicate underutilized county services available to women veterans such as job-seeking, resume writing, health and family care needs, work attire assistance, and more.
(Updated September 2017)
Highlights of Past Achievements
You may wonder if you can make a difference in the lives of women in our community. You can, as have many other commissioners and community members since 1973 that each brought her talents, interests and networks into united efforts toward a common cause. Here are some Highlights of Achievements of the Commission for Women:
- Annual Celebration of Women's History Month
- Recognition and presentation of Santa Barbara County's Women of the Year and Young Teen Women of the Year to County Board of Supervisors
- Annual Luncheon presenting Santa Barbara County's Women of the Year and Young Teen Women of the Year to the community
- Annual Service Awards
- Women's Resource Directory
- "Get the Facts" Bookmarks (English & Spanish) distributed through County Superintendent of Schools to pre-teen and teens
- Formation of Women's Shelters and services for battered women & children
- Conferences on Displaced Homemakers
- Child Support Panel Presentation to the National Association of Commissions for Women
- Quality of Life Survey of Women of Santa Barbara County
- State and Federal Legislative Watches and Advocacy's
- Breast Cancer Warning Poster Distribution
- Formation of a County Coalition of Women's Organizations
- Advocacy and Liaisons with Affirmative Action Commission, Human Services Commission, Public Health Department, Pro-Choice Coalitions, KIDS Network, Santa Barbara Women's Political Committee, Rape Crisis Center, Domestic Violence Solutions, Women's Economic Justice Project
- Women's Emergency Resource Guide