Women's Advancement Commission

Mayor Broome with members of the Women’s Advancement Commission

The Women’s Advancement Commission was created by Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome to promote policies and services that address and respond to the needs of women and girls in our community.

From promoting pay equity to preventing sexual assault, increasingly our society is aware of gender-based gaps, disparities, and inequalities. The commission will also explore opportunities to improve the lives and status of women and girls in East Baton Rouge Parish through public policy, service delivery, and the promotion of cultural norms that advance equity, equality, and safety.

Commission members will use their expertise to consider how City-Parish government can promote policies and services that address the needs of women and their families in our parish.

Commission members include: Dr. Shon Baker, Dimi Ghawi, Twahna Harris, Rachael Hebert, Valerie Jackson-Jones, Dr. Mary Moss, Dianna Payton, Leigh Phillips, John Price, Dr. Shanta Proctor, Dr. Valerie Richardson, Jan Ross, Summer Steib, Deborah Sternberg, Sylvia Weatherspoon, and Dr. Yao Zeng.

For more information, please contact Dr. Tamiara Wade, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer, at 225-389-3100.

LISTENING SESSIONS

Survivor Listening Sessions Flyer

As a follow-up to Mayor Broome's Start By Believing Day, the Commission will host forums around Baton Rouge that will empower those who have endured violence and abuse to speak out. 

The community is invited to attend Survivor Listening Sessions series, which will also address local organizations' roles. The Listening Sessions will include representatives from The Butterfly Society, Iris Domestic Violence Center and Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response (STAR), which offer local support to victims of domestic and sexual violence.

For more locations and more information, view the flyer above or click on the calendar below.   

subcommittees

Commission members also serve on the following Women’s Advancement Commission subcommittees:

Women in Leadership

Dima Ghawi, Racheal Hebert, Valerie Jackson-Jones, Dr. Mary Moss, Dianna Payton, Leigh Phillips, Dr. Valerie Richardson, Summer Steib, Deborah Sternberg

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Twahna Harris, Racheal Hebert, Dr. Mary Moss, Dianna Payton, John Price, Summer Steib

Social Services
(Housing, Childcare)

Dianna Payton, John Price, Dr. Shanta Proctor, Jan Ross

Healthcare

Dr. Shon Baker, Valerie Jackson-Jones,
Dr. Valerie Richardson

Business and Economic Development

Dima Ghawi, Valerie Jackson-Jones, Leigh Phillips, Dr. Shanta Proctor, Deborah Sternberg, Dr. Yao Zeng