State Representatives Kim Rose (D-Milford) and Rosa C. Rebimbas (R-Naugatuck) co-chairs of the legislature’s Women’s Caucus, announced the group is planning their legislative priorities for the legislative session ahead.

The co-chairs met with the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, women legislators and legislative leaders to exchange ideas that would help in addressing women’s priorities, including equity needs, violence and sex trafficking among a number of other issues important to the women-led group.

“We have seen, firsthand, the struggles our families have endured, not only at the economic level, but with the many issues faced each day,” Rose said. “As difficult as it gets, I have also witnessed how women are rising above the challenges and becoming a stronger force, leading the way for change. I believe empowering women by working to address the issues that at times block our growth is essential for a better community. I will continue to work with my female colleagues in the legislature to ensure our voices are heard.”

Carolyn Treiss, executive director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, said she wants to see the number of women in leadership positions increase.

“With the number of women elected to serve in our state government stagnant at 29% (despite being more than half the population), we welcome the opportunity to work with female legislators on both sides of the aisle to increase women’s leadership, engagement and visibility,” Treiss said.

The Permanent Commission on the Status of Women was established by the State Legislature in 1973. Twenty-one appointed volunteer commissioners join staff and volunteers to work to eliminate sex discrimination in Connecticut.

Rep. Rose is serving her third term at the state legislature and Rep. Rebimbas who was elected in a special election in 2009, is serving her 4th term.