“These efforts will identify the types of roadblocks young women face that prohibit access to health care, to economic security, to opportunity,” said Sen. Lesser

BOSTON — On Tuesday night, the state Senate voted to approve a budget amendment proposed by Senator Eric P. Lesser to provide funds to the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. The money will be used to help the organization run its Partnership for Young Women’s Progress initiative, which trains local women to run for office.

“The Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts will join eight other women’s organizations from across the country to create a unified effort, with a unified focus to lift all young women and girls. These efforts will identify the types of roadblocks young women face that prohibit access to health care, to economic security, to opportunity — and break those roadblocks down. On a local level, the Young Women’s Initiative will work specifically to address those issues among low-income young women of color,” said Sen. Lesser.

The amendment will be included in the Senate version of the budget, which will be negotiated with House members before a final budget proposal is sent to the governor’s desk.

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