Fighting For Women’s Rights In New York State

It’s Women’s History Month and that means something to me. It also means a great deal to a great many others and with that in mind, I’d like to bring to everyone’s attention the press conference that took place yesterday afternoon here in Albany.

The

Courtesy The Albany Times Union

Courtesy The Albany Times Union

announced its formation and, well, it is about time. There are so many issues this organization is hoping to address and yesterday 500 groups and business joined together to empower New York women by supporting Governor Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Agenda.

Though many don’t realize the inequities that are often accompanied with being a woman, they continue to exist decades after the women’s lib movement went into high gear. Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Agenda will reduce discrimination in the workplace and in housing, improve women’s safety and well being, and ensure equal treatment under the law. All good things that were included on a press release put out by NYWEC.

There is so much more to it than that. There are fights that still need to be fought, including one I have been waging for some time in regards to sex trafficking legislation in New York State. Women, particularly young women, are still being bought and sold as sex and it has to stop. We have to make the penalties harsher and the language in the legislation clear to ensure that this horrific practice will come to an end.

“Women and girls are being trafficked throughout New York for labor and sex slavery,” Sonia Ossorio, president of the National Organization for Women of New York City, said on Monday. “The Women’s Equality Agenda recognizes human trafficking as a crime that affects our most vulnerable women and girls and the need to bring to an end the misery of modern-day slavery by strengthening laws and helping women reclaim their lives.”

This is an issue worth fighting for. Let’s end this together and help those who need our help the most, the ones who can’t fight for themselves.

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