WE Rise gives women insight to legislative process

North Dakota women have an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the legislative process by attending WE Rise: Women Empowered on Monday, March 13th, in Bismarck, ND.

At WE Rise participants learn to advocate for policies that enhance the lives of women and families and how to participate in the lawmaking process. It provides opportunities to meet with lawmakers and network with other citizen advocates.

The North Dakota Women’s Network (NDWN) sponsors this free one-day event at the state capitol.

‘WE Rise is the only North Dakota women’s lobby day of its kind,’ said Renee Stromme, Executive Director of NDWN. ‘It’s an opportunity for the women of our state to unite, have their voices heard, and affect public policy.’

Rep. Karla Rose Hanson said ‘WE Rise demystifies the state legislative process and promotes women’s political participation’.

‘WE Rise underscores the importance of women’s voices in the legislative process and gives participants the tools to advocate for the issues they care about,’ Hanson said. ‘The first WE Rise I attended inspired me to think about running for office.’ Hanson now represents District 44 in the North Dakota House of Representatives.

Becky Matthews of Bismarck agreed that WE Rise is invaluable, since it gives participants insights into the legislative process and makes local representatives more approachable.

‘Through the lobbying training I received, I have advocated for issues that are important to me through both written testimony and oral testimony at committee hearings,’ Matthews said. ‘I would highly recommend this empowering event to anyone who is interested in improving the lives of women and children in our state, not to mention the amazing women you will meet.’

‘There is much to do to improve the lives of women and families across the state’, Stromme said. ‘WE Rise will highlight four issue areas: freedom from violence, civil rights, women’s economic security, and education’.

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