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The 2011 New Hampshire Women's Caucus Platform

Adopted Nov. 12, 2011, at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Women's Caucus Platform identifies the issues that are critical to women and families, and calls on women and men to engage in and act on these issues, both individually and collectively, to bring about positive change and improve women's status in the state, nation and world.

The top three issues, identified by vote counts at the caucus session, are:

  • Demand affordable and accessible heath care, including reproductive health care

  • Call for equality and flexibility in the workplace, especially equal opportunities and pay for women, and affordable, high-quality child care

  • Promote U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), an international bill of rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1979. (The United States is one of seven nations, along with Iran, Sudan, and Somalia, that have yet to ratify the treaty.)

Other significant issues discussed and considered important to women include:

Women and the Economy

  • Support equal wages for women in the U.S., who are paid significantly less (an average of 20 percent) than men

  • Call for continued support for the Social Security program for women

Women, Health and Healthcare

  • Demand that the medical community significantly step up its efforts to prevent, detect and treat domestic and sexual violence

  • Promote greater awareness of domestic abuse of women and children

  • Call for better health insurance coverage and treatment for mental health issues

  • Support women's reproductive health rights and end government intervention in women's health choices

  • Expand and improve sexual health education programs in U.S. schools

  • Increase public support for Planned Parenthood programs and other reproductive health services

Global Women's Issues

  • Eliminate human trafficking, in which 70 percent of the victims are women and girls forced into prostitution

  • Support micro-financing, health care and education for women and girls, globally and domestically

Other Issues

  • Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

  • Support women in leadership positions at all levels of society and elect a woman as U.S. president, and leadership education of young women and men, including a focus on issues of gender

  • Call for more non-partisan education and communication of women's issues

  • Support progressive candidates and issues

  • End discrimination and violence against members of the LGBTQ community and support Marriage Equality

  • Insist on examination of negative media portrayals of minorities and of violence perpetrated against women

  • Address exploitation of women and children by the sports industry

  • Improve literacy in the U.S. and globally

  • Call for more research on environmental toxins as carcinogens