The Ventura County Women's Forum Collaborative is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to empowering Ventura County women around the 12 critical areas of concern outlined at the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995: Poverty, Education, Health, Violence, Economic Justice, Power Sharing, Institutional Mechanisms, Human Rights, Media, Peace, Environment, and the Girl-Child. These concerns were reviewed and reinstated at the Beijing + 15 Conference in New York, 2010, and the Beijing + 16 Conference (New York, 2011).
Between 2006 and 2012, we held five major, full-day forums with broad community attendance. Click on the tabs above for information about the 2006-2012 forums.
In the Fall of 2013, we introduced a new format to provide a vehicle for our many member organizations to host single topic, 45 minute presentations on subjects related to our stated issues through a gender lens.
The 2014-2015 season kicked off with a film and discussion on the Raising of America: Are we crazy about our kids? hosted by First 5 Ventura County on September 8. We looked at the economic impact and and cost-benefit analyses of investments in high quality early care and education..
The November 10, 2014 forum focused on pesticide use near schools in Ventura County. It will be co-hosted by CAUSE, Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura, & San Luis Obispo, Inc., Mixteco Indigena Community Organizing Project, and Lideres Campesinas.
The January 12, 2015 forum will focus on the history of birth control. It will be co-hosted by the Ventura County Reproductive Rights Network. Do you need current information for yourself or for advising others? We hope to engage people of all ages in this educational and non-political discussion, complete with props and a video cllip. See graphic above.
In March, we will be partnering with CSUCI for a discussion about gender-based violence. May 2015 is open - click the tab above to submit a proposal!
The first forum of 2013 was hosted by SEIU Local 721 in September on Healthcare Reform. In November, the Ventura County Women's Political Council hosted a forum on getting appointed to commissions, offices, and committees, including the new Women's Economic Roundtable, with presentations by County Supervisors Kathy Long and Linda Parks.
The January 2014 forum was hosted by Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura, & San Luis Obispo, Inc. on Comprehensive Sexuality Health Education: Are local schools making the grade? In California, all schools are required to teach HIV/AIDS prevention, but they are not required to teach sexuality health education. Districts that choose to teach sexuality health education must teach a comprehensive curriculum that meets the criteria of the CA Education Code. Are local schools in compliance?
The March 2014 forum was hosted by Project ISLAS at CSUCI. It will included a full screening of the award-winning film, "First Generation," with a follow-up panel discussion on how to support first generation and low-income students in getting to and through college.
The May 2014 forum was hosted by the Camarillo Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) on the epidemic of sexual assault in the military. It included a partial screening of the award-winning film, "The Invisible War," followed by a discussion and call-to-action by Cogresswoman Julia Brownley and Mickiela Montoya from the Office of Communications & External Affairs, United States Department of Veteran Affairs. See the graphic at the top of this page for details.
Click on the Host a Presentation tab above to find out how you can host an upcoming forum.
Forums are held on the second Mondays of September, November, January, March, and May at the Ventura County Community Foundation, 4001 Mission Oaks Blvd, Camarillo, CA 93012 from 5:30-7 pm:
6:45-7:00 Announcements from member organizations
After each forum, members are welcome to stay for a steering committee meeting from 7:00-8:00.
Give us feedback on our new format by completing a brief survey: VCWFC Jan 2014 Survey