The Council has established several interagency groups to work toward policy development, organize around a specific event, or promote dialogue and coordination on an issue. The working groups are chaired by Council representatives, but other staff members of agencies participate. As with all of the Council's activities, the working groups derive from specific strategies or cross-cutting themes in the Beijing Platform for Action. All groups will have extensive contact and consultation with NGOs as they go about their work.
Women and The Global Economy
This group is working to ensure that Administration policy deliberations on global economic issues give appropriate consideration to the effects of various policies and programs on women; to coordinate the development of U.S. Government participation in international fora dealing with economic issues of concern to women; and to serve as a forum for interaction and information exchange on global economic issues with interested U.S. non-governmental organizations.
Contact Kit Lunney, Department of Commerce, 202-482-4772.
Women and Prisons
Chaired by Bonnie Campbell of the Department of Justice, the group seeks to improve conditions for women incarcerated in the U.S. and their families by heightening public awareness, lending high level support to seek solutions, and establishing cooperation among federal personnel, state corrections officials, and NGOs.
Contact Wendy Patten, 202-514-3274.
Chaired by Jill Long Thompson, USDA, the group seeks to improve the status of rural women. The goal of the working group is to serve as follow up to the International Conference on Women and Agriculture held on June 28 - July 2, 1998 in Washington, DC.
Contact Leanne Powell, 202-720-4581.
Trafficking in Women and Girls
Chaired by Anita Botti of the State Department, the group works to coordinate and increase U.S. Government efforts to prevent and combat trafficking in women and girls. The group is implementing a concrete and comprehensive plan of action focusing on prevention, protection and enforcement.
Contact Anita Botti, 202-647-6267.
Gender and Institutional Change
Chaired by Sally Shelton Colby of the U.S. Agency for International Development, this group is working to develop procedures that ensure the integration of a gender perspective into the policies and operations of government so that different impacts on men and women may be determined and inequities addressed.
This includes the examination of disaggregated data as amodel to measure program impacts. Contact Margaret Lycette, 202-712-0570.
Co-chaired by Ellen Lazar of the Department of Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund and John Gray of the Small Business Administration, this group is charged with better coordination of federal initiatives supporting microenterprises. This work rose directly from the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, when the United States made a commitment to promoting microenterprise development.
Contact Helen Szablya, CDFI Fund, 202-622-8401.
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