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IT’S TIME NETWORK ANSWERS THE QUESTION: “WHAT’S NEXT?”

FOLLOWING WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON

Launching framework for accelerating gender equity: Resources now available 

San Francisco, January 20, 2017 -- As hundreds of thousands of women from across the country gather on Saturday for the Women’s March on Washington and sister cities around the world, It’s Time Network launches resources and frameworks for accelerated collective action toward equity for women and girls.

It’s Time Network (ITN) is an inclusive community of individuals and organizations working collaboratively to accelerate the full empowerment of women and girls to achieve gender equity, evolve democracy, and build fair economies that regenerate the Earth.

Seeking to harness the momentum around the Women’s Marches, It’s Time Network is launching “Counting All Marchers,” a text-based campaign to invite everyone to be counted for their participation in the march, whether in Washington, DC or one of 616 Sister Marches taking place around the globe.  To be counted for your participation in the campaign, text COUNT ME to 89800, for one vote per phone.

The text program builds on “Calling All Women,” a series of video conference calls that started last month and will continue after the march facilitating nation-wide connections between individuals and organizations coordinating grassroots-level action toward gender equity in cities across the country.

These initiatives are among a set of tools available for participants in the Network City Program, ITN’s groundbreaking effort to support collective impact at the local level.

The Network City Program is the first national cross-sector network to bring individuals and organizations together to accelerate progress for women and girls over the long-term.

The first chapter in San Francisco is growing and the second chapter will be launched this spring at It’s Time 2017: Denver Gender Equity Summit, an unprecedented gathering of mayors to advance progress on a spectrum of issues affecting women. The Network City Program will convene Local Advisory Councils (LACs) in each city, who will commission a Women’s Well-Being Index (WWI) that will identify the status of women and girls across a set of key issue areas. Each LAC will coalesce an inclusive group of participant to design and implement collective impact projects that address the most pressing issues identified in the WWI.

This collaborative, cross-sector action is intended to have measurable impact in the lives of women and girls on issues of greatest relevance in each city in the network.

More information about It’s Time Network is available at www.itstimenetwork.org.

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