New Hanover County Commission for Women holds first meeting

New Hanover County (Photo: WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The newly formed New Hanover County Commission for Women met for the first time Wednesday night.

The commission is made up of 11 members, five appointed by County Commissioners, five appointed by Wilmington City Council, and one appointed by the Lower Cape Fear YWCA.

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According to the county’s website, the commission’s duties are as follows:

  • To identify the status of women and assess the needs of women in New Hanover County
    (County) and the City of Wilmington (City)
  • To provide a status of women in New Hanover County report on an annual basis to the Board and Council
  • To provide information and recommendations to the Board and Council on the needs and
    issues important to women as it deems necessary in improving and upholding the opportunities in employment, education and community services for all people, regardless of sex
  • To work toward the betterment of the status of women with respect to employment and
    educational opportunities, health services, child care services, welfare services, financial
    services, and community leadership opportunities
  • To serve as an umbrella to coordinate and support all women’s initiatives, organizations, and networks in the County and the City including coordinating and cooperating with the YWCA and other organizations involved in activities on the status of women
  • To conduct educational seminars in collaboration with other organizations for residents and
    businesses in the County and the City.

At their first meeting, Kathryn Wandling was named Chair, Dr. Stephanie Johnson was named Vice-Chair and Sheila Evans was named Secretary.

This comes approximately ten years after a similar commission in the county was disbanded.

Click here for a full list of members.