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This year’s event, premiering 9 a.m. Jan. 28 on the group’s Facebook, is themed “Being Present. A Call to Action: Expanding Our View of Normal.”

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  • CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Women’s Commission is presenting the virtual 2022 Women’s and Girl’s Day at the Legislature, looking to help them get involved on issues at the community and state levels.

  • It addresses issues such as a worldwide health crisis, and increasing efforts toward diversity, inclusion and equality. Covered in the presentation will be child well-being, education, domestic violence prevention, economic empowerment and health.

Emily S. Hopta, of the Office of Cabinet Secretary Bill J. Crouch, West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources, said “The intent of Women’s and Girls’ Day at the Legislature is to encourage more women and girls to become involved in the political process, understand issues that impact their lives, participate in community activities and hold leadership roles where they can both make and influence policies to improve the quality of their lives.”

The event is being held virtually for the second time due to the COVID-19 epidemic, which also happened in 2021.

Hopta also said “Women’s and Girls’ Day at the Legislature is an annual event that originated in 2015. Previously, the Commission hosted a Women’s Day at the Legislature which included a youth track. The expansion in scope was made in response to requests by student participants.”

West Virginia legislators who will speak at the event are state Sen. Owens Brown, D-Ohio, Delegate Kathie Hess Crouse, R-Putnam, Delegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer, D-Monongalia, Sen. Amy Grady, R-Mason, Delegate Sean Hornbuckle, D-Cabell, and Delegate Mike Pushkin, D-Kanawha.

The presentation can be seen on the Love, Libera YouTube channel, allowing schools and others who don’t have Internet access to Facebook a chance to participate.

The presentations can be seen at any time after the event on both the WVWC Facebook and the Love, Libera YouTube Channel, as well as the West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s “West Virginia Channel,” at 7 p.m. For more information, contact WVWC Interim Director Julie Palas at (304) 558-6073 or at Julie.C.Palas@wv.gov or questions may be directed to DHHR Communications, DHHRCommunications@wv.gov.

People can register for the free event online at: https://tinyurl.com/2p9x749z. The Love, Libera YouTube channel for the event can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/4263h6mn. And the event can be viewed on the group’s Facebook, at: https://facebook.com/WVaWomen.

Larry Launstein Jr. can be reached at llaunstein@newsandsentinel.com.

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