- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - The New York City Council is launching a new program aimed at supporting young women combating racial and gender inequality.

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced the formation of The Young Women’s Initiative at City Hall on Thursday.

Mark-Viverito said that too many young women, especially minorities, lag behind their male counterparts in education, employment status and in quality of health care received.

She said they are also too often the victims of violence and unable to improve their lives.

The program is partly modeled after ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Young Men’s Initiative.

It will spend the next six months gathering data. It will then present recommendations on how the city can best use its resources to aid these women.

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