What we do
Philadelphia Commission for Women (PCW) works with organizations and social service agencies to advance gender equality and promote public discussions on issues that impact women and girls.
Topics for public discussion have included:
- Wage equity
- Work/life balance
- Human trafficking
- Violence against women
- Sexual harassment
Using data, we work with the Mayor’s Office and the Office of Public Engagement to make policy recommendations that promote social justice, equal rights, and economic opportunities.
Established in May 2015 by a vote to amend the Home Rule Charter, the commission has 27 members. Ten of these are chosen by the Mayor, and members of City Council each select one additional member.
Apr27EventHands Around City Hall11:30 am to 2:30 pmCity Hall CourtyardEvent
Hands Around City HallApril 27, 201811:30 am to 2:30 pm, 3 hoursCity Hall CourtyardmapCommemoration of April as "Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention Month" co-sponsored with Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR). This will be the 2nd year the Commission has co-sponsored this event with WOAR.
Jovida Hill was appointed by Mayor Kenney in June 2016. Prior to joining the administration, she was an award-winning writer and producer of more than 200 films and videos for the education, broadcast and training markets. Her work has included the civil rights documentary series In the Land of Jim Crow, which documents poignant first-person accounts of the African American struggle for justice and equality; the series Reinventing Democracy, hosted by noted historian Douglas Brinkley; and the series Celebrate, which introduces children to multi-cultural celebrations that herald our differences to amplify our similarities. A founding member of the African Sisterhood and Women Gather Conference, Hill currently serves on the boards of the Black Women’s Health Alliance and the Logan Square Neighborhood Association.
A 2017 report from the Philadelphia Commission for Women that looks at the quality of life for the women and girls that live in Philadelphia.