Convention highlights Ohio sex trafficking, Prevention First, women in business, more
- Andrea Cambern kicked off the AAUW Ohio 86th Annual Convention this morning with a message that media can play an active role in the community. Her station, the CBS affiliate in Columbus, has a commitment to physical fitness, which is changing the reputation of the community, she said.
- The session on trafficking highlighted the work going on in Toledo to protect women and girls from sex trade trafficking. Toledo is reported to be fourth in the nation in the number of women and girls being sexually exploited for profit. A social service program in Toledo called Second Chance helps victims of sex trafficking and prostitution. Panelists included Dr. Celia Williamson, professor, University of Toledo; Judy Hofmann, Fostoria; and Sister Mary Kuhlman, SF, Tiffin. Read the new state report by the Ohio Trafficking in Persons Study Commission (PDF). Become a Facebook Fan of Second Choice.
- Ohio State Senator Theresa Fedor spoke about House Bill 280, the Ohio trafficking bill, which she sponsored. She is also the sponsor of Prevention First, geared to educate and fund programs related to women’s health issues. She said we could reduce the number of abortions in the state by educating women about their health.
Kent attorney Nancy Grim spoke on how to negotiate everything from getting your partner to help clean the house to buying a car.
J.J. Reichert, women’s program coordinator of the Governor’s Office for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Division, urged women to take advantage of program opportunities provided by Ohio to help women start their own businesses. She emphasized state and federal requirements that a certain number of women-owned businesses be used in projects involving government contracts.