Rep. Marilyn Lee is co-chair of the Women's Legislative Caucus and has been a lifelong advocate of women's rights. It's a special treat for Rep. Lee and the audience for her to host Catherine Betts, Executive Director of the Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women (HSCSW) on the next installment of Kukui Connection.
Catherine opens the show by telling us about her background. A lawyer by trade, she has dedicated her professional life to women's rights, specifically violence prevention. In addition to giving her history, Catherine also fills the audience in on her organization. Established in 1964, the HSCSW falls under the Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. The Committee is responsible for keeping women's issues relevant. They are an awareness, advocacy, and educational resource for the people of Hawaii.
Rep. Lee and Ms. Betts discuss a number of issues including the establishment of a Veteran's Court, the Justice Reinvestment Act (which assists women transitioning from incarceration), Title IX, educating young women about women's issues, and putting women on high paying/high profile career paths.
You can find out more about Catherine Betts and the HSCSW on their website, http://hawaii.gov/dhs/women/HSCSW/
The episode airs on Olelo, Channel 54 on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.