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. 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. Click on the tabs above for more information about past forums and seasons.
2014-2015 Season, Upcoming Forums:
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 clip. See graphic above.
On January 19, 2015, VCWFC and AAUW Camarillo will be co-hosting a special discussion with the following distinguished panelists fighting for women's rights globally:
- Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, CEO of Global Fund for Women, is a passionate advocate for women and girls’ health and human rights and social change. She is a speaker and author who serves on several international boards and working groups including the Aspen Leaders Council, the UN High Level Taskforce for Reproductive Health and the boards of CARE, IntraHealth and CHANGE.
- Yvette Kathurima is the Head of Advocacy at FEMNET, the African Women’s Development and Communication Network, a Pan-African membership- based organization working to advance women’s rights. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, FEMNET coordinates advocacy and communication activities that promote gender equality and social justice and works to build the women’s movement in Africa.
- Amina Doherty is a young Feminist Art Activist who sits on several international boards and whom singer Annie Lennox recognized in 2012 as a women’s rights champion for change.
Meet these women, learn about global issues and programs, and be inspired!
On March 9, 2015, join us for a presentation on Retirement Planning for Women with a focus on the intricacies of taking Social Security benefits.
May 11, 2015 is open.
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.