The Women’s Policy Institute Accepts Mariya Taher

mariya pic - WIP programW.O.M.A.N., Inc. is excited to announce that The Women’s Foundation of California has selected staff member, Mariya Taher to join the 2013-2014 Women’s Policy Institute (WPI) as part of the domestic violence team. The Women’s Policy Institute is a yearlong program of intensive advocacy and leadership training retreats in Sacramento that teaches women activists and grassroots organizations how to successfully navigate the labyrinth of Sacramento. During the program, women work in teams to develop and implement specific policy advocacy projects of their choosing with a mentor who is experienced in public policy work. Read on to see what W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has to say about Mariya joining The Women’s Policy Institute:

“Understanding that legislation can have a ‘top-down’ impact on the life’s of survivors of domestic violence, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. has long been involved with the legislative process. When Mariya expressed an interest in applying for the WPI, we knew that her participating in the fellowship would help us move our mission, ‘…empowering domestic violence survivors to create lives free of violence’ forward. Key pieces of legislation have created protections for survivors in the workplace, at their residences and in the criminal legal system. Being a part of this process will provide Mariya professional development opportunities and we are so pleased that we will be able to support her as she embarks upon this exciting process.

“It should be mentioned that getting into this fellowship was a competitive process; plenty of talented people were not admitted into the program. Mariya deserves accolades for being a part of this fellowship, we are very proud of her!”

~ Jill Zawisza, W.O.M.A.N., Inc. Executive Director

“I’m really excited about being accepted into the WPI Program and to begin to better understand the public policy process. I think too often, legislation passes that sounds good, but can have adverse effects, and so it’s great that WPI allows those who have grassroots level experience and who understand the dynamics of oppression to come to the table and connect with legislators to create policy that supports vulnerable populations.”

~ Mariya Taher

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