- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City Council is set to launch an initiative aimed at fighting chronic inequality faced by young women.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito will be joined by several of her colleagues Thursday to announce the task force.

The council will convene a group of experts, social service providers to study data and the city’s existing investments to help women.

In particular, the council will look at the economic inequality that frequently faces young minority women.

Those communities often face higher death rates, higher HIV infection rates and greater poverty.

Mark-Viverito said many young women “have experienced systemic disparity in all areas of life.”

The program will be in part modeled after the Young Men’s Initiative, which was founded by ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg to help young men of color.

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