Thank you to all who attended our Women's Issues Summit on June 10h!
More than seventy-five representatives from fifty nonprofit organizations involved with women and girls in the Philadelphia region gathered at the annual Women’s Issues Summit. The Summit was held on the campus of Community College of Philadelphia and supported through the Women’s Center of Community College.
The Women’s Issues Summit is one of the key ways that WOMEN’S WAY acts as a hub for those working on the front lines of social change. This annual think tank gives nonprofits around the region a chance to step out of the day-to-day inner workings of their programs and visualize the big picture, as it affects women, girls, and families. By convening change agents from all around the region, we ensure that our work is in line with needs of the communities we serve. The results of the discussion from the Summit are folded into our advocacy and public education programming, and help form the annual funding priorities of our Community Women’s Fund.
The Summit format focused on two sessions of small group discussions each. The first session focused on the various issues areas – violence prevention, girls' leadership economic self-sufficiency, economic justice and health care. This year, the second session focused on practice areas – direct service, development & fundraising, advocacy and senior management. This new format allowed participants to address both community needs, as well as organizational needs among colleagues within their respective fields.
The details of the group discussions, which includes the identified needs and strategies to address those needs, are included in a findings report to be produced by WOMEN’S WAY in the summer of 2014. It is intended that the document will be used by nonprofits, community members, funders, and policy makers and allow for better understanding of the emerging issues that need to be addressed within the framework of women and girls in our region.