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January 23, 2003
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Bonnie Coffey, Women’s Commission, 441-8695

"Women's Voices" Report Released
Women concerned about health care costs and domestic violence

Mayor Don Wesely and the Lincoln-Lancaster Women’s Commission (LLWC) today released "Women’s Voices: Finding Solutions," a report focusing on the concerns of women in the community. The report is based on a survey of nearly 800 women conducted over the past year by the LLWC.

"This report does not offer or endorse specific plans or solutions, but it does indicate the variety of challenges facing Lincoln women today," said Mayor Wesely. "This is a valuable document for decision makers, service providers and the entire community as we look at where we can focus our resources."

Health care was identified by 69 percent of the respondents as the main issue of concern. In the category of health care, cost was the biggest issue. Seven percent of the participants indicated they had no health insurance coverage and could not afford satisfactory health care independently. Four percent of the respondents’ children had no health insurance coverage.

Other priority concerns were domestic violence (58 percent); employment and wages (57 percent), specifically low wages; and education (54 percent).

"We conducted the survey as part of our mandate to keep elected officials informed on issues impacting women in the community," said Bonnie Coffey, LLWC Director. The report reconfirms the fact that economic realities continue to disproportionately and adversely impact women. The results warrant review and attention by those agencies providing services."

Copies of the report are available during regular business hours at the LLWC, 440 South 8th, or by calling 441-7716.

Issues of moderate concern were the family (52 percent), specifically single parenting; housing (52 percent); discrimination (51 percent); and child care (51 percent). Other issues identified were substance abuse (40 percent); sexual assault (34 percent); and transportation (29 percent).

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