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White Plains Human Rights Symposium Focuses On Women Of Color

The YWCA of White Plains & Central Westchester will present the Human Rights Symposium on Dec. 10.
The YWCA of White Plains & Central Westchester will present the Human Rights Symposium on Dec. 10. Photo Credit: http://ywcawpcw.org/

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- This year's Human Rights Symposium, scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 10, in White Plains, will focus on the accomplishments of and challenges faced by women of color.

The event will take place from 8:30-10:30 at the YWCA of White Plains & Central Westchester, 515 North St., lower lounge.

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino will give the opening remarks.

According to a recent report from the Center for American Progress, by the year 2050, women of color will constitute 53 percent of all women in the United States, yet they continue to be marginalized due to inequities in structural and institutional power. For example, women of color are "overly represented in low-wage jobs and industries that provide little to no benefits or professional development opportunities", according to the YWCA’s Persimmon Paper.

The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Women reports over 30 percent of single working females with children remain at or below the poverty level because of occupational, educational and financial barriers to success.

For information and sponsorships, call Julia Nesbitt, director of YWCA racial justice initiatives at 914-949-6227, ext. 106.

The event is co-sponsored by the Westchester County Human Rights Commission; NAACP White Plains/Greenburgh; Women’s Research & Education Fund; WestCOP; Greenburgh Human Rights Committee; the Center for Interdisciplinary Services Inc.; United Nations Association of Westchester; Organization of Chinese Americans – Westchester & Hudson Valley Chapter; and NAACP Rye/Port Chester.

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