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Glendale is a city where the fully realized potential of all women and girls enriches the entire community; where all women and girls have equal rights, opportunities, and choices exercised freely, comfortably and safely; where all women and girls have a strong voice and equal participation in the affairs of the community; and where diversity is celebrated.
Our work shall be guided by the following values:
Pledge to our Community
Given these values, the City of Glendale Commission on the Status of Women, in order to build trust and establish credibility in the community, pledges to work in an open, collaborative, and culturally inclusive manner for the betterment of all women and girls who live, work or study in Glendale; to be respectful and sensitive to the City’s many diverse cultures; and to acknowledge the services provided by existing agencies which support and assist women.
The purpose of the City of Glendale Commission on the Status of Women, is to advance social justice and equity and ensure equality of rights and opportunities for all women and girls in Glendale by building new and strengthening existing bridges between the City’s diverse groups, organizations, agencies and individuals; by increasing the level of knowledge in the community regarding women’s issues and the status of women in our community; by encouraging and promoting participation and by increasing visibility of women in all spheres of life in Glendale (including home, work, school, and government).
The Glendale City Council established, by ordinance, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) as an advisory commission on August 5, 2003.
The Commission on the Status of Women is charged by City Council with the following duties and responsibilities:
- assesses and evaluates the needs and issues of women in the city;
- informs and advises the City Council, city departments and divisions, and other community agencies and organizations of those needs and issues;
- recommends programs or legislation to the City Council to promote and ensure equal rights and opportunities to and for women in the city;
- promotes education on issues regarding the needs of women and prepares and distributes such information;
- provides outreach information and education that empowers women to achieve self-sufficiency and self-esteem; and
- maintains an active liaison with groups, organizations, agencies and individuals in regard to issues related to women.
Currently, the Commission on the Status of Women is comprised of five commissioners and two students:
- Lynda Burns, Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women
- Sitting Commissioners: Seda Khojayan, Ilin Magran, Arminé Perian, and Elena Semerdjian
- Student Ex Officio Members: Rebekah Alfred and Maylin Austin