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Chair's Message

Welcome to the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women website!

It is a privilege to introduce you to the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women. We are the advisory board to the Board of County Commissioners and the County Administration regarding all matters that affect the status of women.

Our appointed members are passionate and dedicated women, who work to bring about awareness to you about the issues that impact women and girls. Each member of this diverse board is a dedicated volunteer serving in a multitude of leadership roles in the communities in which they live and work. Their continuing mission is to help women and girls in the following ways:

Promoting economic, social, legal, and political equality.

This includes monitoring and supporting legislation that impacts women, promoting gender equality in the workplace, and advocating for equal representation in public decision-making bodies. Commission members are an active voice in the media and with legislators to endorse equal rights and economic empowerment. Bringing awareness to women of the implications of proposed bills related to women’s issues is important to the Commission. Health care issues and health care rights unique to women have also been an important focus.

The work of the Commission serves to sensitize community leaders to the struggles women currently face. We are particularly proud of the great success we have had in working with members of the legal community to improve the child support enforcement system in an effort to assist low-income mothers. We work to support efforts related to awareness of human trafficking and through learning about policies and procedures, especially when it comes to the analysis of evidence in sexual assault cases, are vigilant about the manner in which violent crimes against women are handled.

Recognizing and celebrating the achievements of women in Miami-Dade County.

Most recently at the Women’s Park, the commission joined in honoring Roxcy Bolton for her years of work in women’s rights and in celebration of her award from the National Women’s History Project.

A beautiful statue in honor or Julia Tuttle, widely recognized as the only woman founder of a major American city, proudly stands in Bayfront park largely due to the Commission efforts. The Commission further celebrates women’s achievements by presenting an annual educational display at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center. This year’s display included “women of character, courage, & commitment” highlighting National Women’s History Award recipient, Roxy Bolton. 

The Commission also co-presents the “In the Company of Women” awards reception, which honors outstanding Miami-Dade County women leaders in areas such as politics, communications, health, technology, arts, business, research, government and law, athletics, community spirit and education.

Advocating for and supporting programs that address the needs of women and girls who are homeless, impoverished, low wage workers, elderly, victims of domestic violence, and victims of human trafficking.

Regular and successful collaboration with local agencies and organizations has resulted in significant assistance to disadvantaged and “at-risk” women and girls. The Commission participates in drives to provide funds for the Chapman Partnership and participate in outreach programs on women’s health such as the Florida Breast Health Initiative.

Resulting from a Commission project, a County initiative was obtained to require that county buildings post signs in restrooms to provide hotline numbers for those in need of help with domestic violence, sexual assaults and human trafficking.

Beyond this, there are many examples of how the dedicated members of the Commission have led and continue to lead the way in impacting the lives of women and girls, advocating for the equality of all women. It is so meaningful and rewarding to be associated with this organization and to have the opportunity to work alongside such dedicated women. I am humbled and feel honored to serve as the 2014 Chair of the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women.

Mara Zapata

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