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FRAMINGHAM – The MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women (MWCSW) invites you to join them for a virtual public hearing focused on: Racial Inequality Affecting Women and Families of Color in MetroWest on Tuesday, February 2 at 7 p.m.

In these tumultuous times, the realities of systemic inequalities and racism in our region and the state are becoming increasingly pronounced. The MWCSW strives to address the issues specifically impacting women and girls of our region—all women and girls. To do this effectively, we must hear from our constituents so that we may better understand the challenges and issues they are facing.

To this end, we are asking for women and girls living and/or working in the MetroWest to come and share your experiences with racial prejudice and systemic inequality. Our goal is to hear your concerns, and share them with elected officials, community organizers, and advocacy partners to continue the much needed work of ensuring that those in the BIPOC community—especially women of color, have full access to equality in all areas of their lives.

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Any testimony specific to the hardships women are currently facing is welcome, with a specific focus on testimony from women of color who have experienced racial prejudice and inequality.

“I and my sister commissioners are committed to doing our part to help address and ultimately dismantle the systemic inequality that far too many women and girls have experienced and continue to experience in the MetroWest,” says Heather Panahi, Chair of the MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women. “We look forward to meeting with our constituents on February 2 in an effort to continue this very important work.”

Please join us in this opportunity to share your personal stories and to support others as they share their own. Help us to understand how we can better serve BIPOC women and families in the MetroWest by participating in this important event. We are stronger together; none of us is alone.

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This meeting is open to people of all ages and this is a free event. We do ask that you RSVP if you plan to attend to To learn more about the MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women, please visit the MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women’s Facebook page at https:/

The MetroWest Commission on the Status of Women was enacted by law and established on January 8, 2015, to give voice to all women in the MetroWest region of Massachusetts. We strive to provide a permanent, effective voice for the women living and working in the region. We work at the local level to raise awareness and advocate for issues affecting women in the 28 communities we represent (Ashland, Bellingham, Dover, Framingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Marlborough, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Natick, Needham, Norfolk, Northborough, Norwood, Sherborn, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, Walpole, Wayland, Wellesley, Westborough, Weston, and Wrentham).

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