NYSAC Hosts Dialogue on Women in Government with International Delegates

Women from 7 nations gathered at NYSAC headquarters on Tuesday. 


On Tuesday, the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) Women's Leadership Council hosted a dialogue with an international group of women aimed at increasing women's participation in representative government.
Members of the group were visiting from Algeria, Chile, Gambia, India, Jordan, Macedonia, and the Kyrgyz Republic to learn about the role women play in American politics. The discussion, led by Albany County Legislator Lucille McKnight, focused on the roles of education, representation, policy, and safe workplaces in encouraging women to run for political office. 

Participating on behalf of NYSAC were Executive Director Stephen Acquario, Nicole Correia, Kathryn Hohman, Jeanette Stanziano, and Alexandra LaMonte. The NYSAC team answered questions about the Women's Leadership Council, political representation, and county government structure, education, and training in New York State. Melinda Mack, Executive Director of the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP), joined the conversation to discuss training opportunities in New York and answer questions about the role of BOCES and vocational schools.


"Supporting women in government is a goal that reaches beyond our counties and New York State - it is a national and global goal as well. We are all better served when more women are represented in leadership positions," said NYSAC President MaryEllen Odell, Putnam County Executive. 

"A primary goal of the NYSAC Women's Leadership Council is to engage women in seeking leadership positions in their communities. We were thrilled to host today's forum to share how local government works in New York State, and to discuss barriers and opportunities for women to pursue elected office," said Nicole Correia, NYSAC Women's Leadership Council staff. 

NYSAC thanks the International Visitor Leadership Program for providing the opportunity for fruitful dialogue about women's representation within governments across the globe.


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