Alexandria Commission for Women, Alexandria, USA

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Alexandria Commission for Women, Alexandria, USA
Street address: 406 Skyhill Road
City: Alexandria
State or Province: VA
Country: United States
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Location coordinates: 38° 48' 48" N, 77° 4' 40" W
Executive Director: Charniele Herring, Chair
Contact number: (703) 838-5030
Contact email:
Target: Women
Organization type: Local NGO (operating at the community level)
Sectors: Empowerment, Gender Discrimination, Political Participation/Governance
Other sectors: Women and local government, domestic violence and sexual assault programs, community education
Year founded/registered: 1976


Upon completion of a 1974 study on the status of women, the Alexandria City Council established the Commission for Women in order to eliminate gender discrimination and to encourage equal opportunity for women in all aspects of their lives. Today, the Commission's members continue to provide advice and consultation to City Council on issues concerning women.


Works to advance opportunities for women in Alexandria; provides advice and consultation to City Council in issues concerning women in an effort to eliminate discrimination based on gender and to encourage equal opportunity in all areas.

The Commission sponsors a variety of projects to serve the needs of Alexandria's women. Each October, the Commission is a coordinating sponsor for the Walk to Fight Breast Cancer, which raises money for vital and potentially life-saving mammograms for uninsured and underinsured women living in the city. Every spring, the Commission hosts a Salute to Women Banquet, in which we honor women who have made significant contributions to the progress of women's issues in the city.

The Commission is also currently undertaking a Needs Assessment of the women of Alexandria. The first phase is a study of the economic status of women in the city. We are studying census data and will be conducting focus groups and public hearings to evaluate the economic conditions and needs of the city's women. The next phase of the project will be to study the wellness of women in the city. If you would like to help, please contact us!

The Commission is also committed to the education of Alexandria girls. Each year, we sponsor Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, which this year paired 70 students and mentors throughout the Washington metropolitan area. This spring, we also sponsored, for the first time, mentoring for girls at George Washington and Francis Hammond Middle Schools through the Washington, D.C. group SisterMentors.


Commission for Women Meetings The Commission meets the second Tuesday of every month at 7:15 p.m. in Room 2000 at City Hall.

Subcommittees include:

  • Community Outreach -- Staffing tables with information about the services of the OOW and the Commission at Market Square Farmer's Market.

•HIV/AIDS -- Serving on the HIV/AIDS Commission to represent the Commission for Women and the women of Alexandria •Human Rights -- Serving on the Human Rights Commission to represent the Commission for Women and the women of Alexandria. •Legislation -- Promoting legislation that serves the best interests of the women of Alexandria and the Commonwealth. •Needs Assessment -- Evaluating the economic and health status of women in Alexandria •Shelter -- Working with the Domestic Violence Program to ensure that the shelter is able to meet the needs of all women and children who require services •Walk to Fight Breast Cancer-- Support and representation on the Walk Coordinating and Development Committees •Women and Girls' Wellness -- Working with local organizations to celebrate Women and Girls' Wellness Month in April. •Women's History Tour -- The Friends of the Commission offer self-guided walking tours on women's history in Alexandria, or can provide guided tours for groups. For more information about these tours, contact Susan Butler at 703-370-3334. •Youth Policy -- Serving on the Youth Policy Commission to represent the Commission for Women. Commission for Women Projects

Other events:

•Salute to Women Awards Banquet, held annually in March during Women's History Month, honors women who have made significant contributions to the Alexandria community. Participate by nominating a deserving woman or attend the banquet to support of the wonderful achievments of the nominees. •Women & Girls' Wellness Month is recognized in the month of April. The Commission partners with Women's Health Virginia to promote health and wellness for women. •Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is held annually on the 4th Thursday in April. Volunteers are needed to serve as mentors to Alexandria youth. Mentor applications need to be completed two weeks prior to the event and returned to the Office on Women. •Tour Old Town Alexandria and learn how Alexandria women make history! The Women's History Tour was created by the Alexandria Commission for Women. Self-guided tours are available as well as extended tours with a tour guide, provided by Commission for Women and Friends of the Alexandria Commission for Women. For more information, contact Susan Lowell Butler at (703) 370-3334. •Participate at many on-going events at the Women's Business Center of Northern Virgin

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