Biloxi women start the conversation of economic security

Biloxi women start the conversation of economic security
There will be a statewide policy summit in Jackson Oct 10 at the Jackson Convention Complex. (Photo source: WLOX)
There will be a statewide policy summit in Jackson Oct 10 at the Jackson Convention Complex. (Photo source: WLOX)

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A group of women came together Saturday morning at the Moore Community House in Biloxi to start the conversation of change and promote women's economic security.

"I am important to this campaign. I will do my part," the group of women chanted, as they started the forum.

"Part of our agenda is hearing back from our women about the issues that impact them, and what their concerns are," said Carol Burnett, executive director.

Moore Community House is one of 20 organizations that are working to identify economic challenges women in Mississippi face.

"The issues that keep emerging are issues about the great need for child care, the need to get jobs that pay living wages, the need for affordable health care and the need for public transportation," said Burnett.

The women participating took notes about the challenges and posted them on the walls. For many, starting the conversation of these issues was comforting because they didn't feel alone.

"Even though we are different cultures and we grew up differently, we face the same problems. We all gather and we realize we aren't alone, and we aren't the only ones going through it," Ana Figueroa-Ras said.

"Listening to my problems and their problems, you never know how people live from day to day until you talk to them. So, this is very helpful, and I appreciate everything," said Michaela Joseph of Biloxi.

Burnett says the next step is coming up with policy solutions that could address the issues to bring not only women on the Coast, but women all over the state a better life.

There will be a statewide policy summit in Jackson Oct 10 at the Jackson Convention Complex.

People from all over the state are invited to participate. To make plans to attend visit mschildcare.org for updates.

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