At the February 2nd meeting of the Providence City Council, Council President Michael Solomon (Ward Five) announced the creation of a new Women and Healthy Communities subcommittee of the Committee on Ordinances. Councilmembers Sabina Matos (Ward Fifteen), Carmen Castillo (Ward 9), David Salvatore (Ward 14), Seth Yurdin (Ward 1), and Samuel Zurier (Ward 2) were named as members of the subcommittee.
“The subcommittee on Women and Healthy Communities will take on issues affecting youth, families, seniors, and new residents, with a special focus on women and girls,” said Councilwoman Matos. “This is a fantastic opportunity to focus our attention on concerns that, all too often, are over-looked.”
The Council President explained that Providence was following the successful model of the Boston City Council, which established a similar committee in 2009. “I’m very proud that the Council has decided to create this subcommittee, which will serve as a new venue for discussions of how to best combat poverty, prevent violence, and stabilize our families and communities,” said Solomon.
The subcommittee will hold its organizational meeting in the coming weeks to elect a chairperson and vice-chairperson, and discuss upcoming agenda items.
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