Issues of Health, Childcare, and Labor Highlight Discussion

SAN FRANCISCO – Assistant Speaker pro Tempore Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) joined the directors of San Francisco’s and San Mateo County’s Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on Friday in a discussion on the needs of women in the Asian community.

“We are fortunate to have two Commissions on the Status of Women in the 12th Assembly District,” said Assemblymember Yee. “The leadership, support, network, and policy development that the San Francisco and San Mateo County Commissions provide is so vital to our community.”

On Saturday, Assemblymember Yee attended the San Mateo County Commission’s annual legislative breakfast at the San Mateo City Hall. The event gave Assemblymember Yee the opportunity to present his upcoming legislative package which contains a number of bills that directly affect the needs of women, including violence against women, mental health, and workplace discrimination.

“Clearly we have made progress in these areas and women no longer face the same levels of discrimination and inequality,” said Assemblymember Yee. “However, it is equally clear that our community has not eradicated these social ills, and we must come together to find new ways of providing equal access and opportunity.”

Assemblymember Yee discussed several of his bills with the Commission, including AB 938, which provides for loan forgiveness for mental health provider graduates who work in underserved; AB 1102, which expands statewide, a mental health sensitivity training program used by the San Francisco Police Department; AB 292, which prohibits the use of children as translators in abuse, health care, or other potentially traumatic situations.

“One of our major concerns is the discrepancies in healthcare especially for Asian women,” said Lisa Lopez Coffey, Executive Director of the CSW of San Mateo County. “As a Commission we want to raise awareness of this issue particularly due to the fact that Asian American/Pacific Islander women represent one of the fastest growing populations in the United States.”

The Commission on the Status of Women was founded in 1982 and has since initiated a number of policies, programs and legislation that addresses the needs of women, girls and families. In March, the Commission will host its 20th Annual Women’s Hall of Fame Event, inducting another exceptional group of honorees. For more information about the Commission, please contact Lisa Lopez Coffey at (650) 363-4572.