To deepen our impact and achieve equal opportunities for women and girls, we encourage collaboration to yield a more effective outcome - rather than siloed agencies taking individual action.
We've created the Collaborating for Gender Equity and Justice Fund (CGEJF) to support and strengthen current collaborations and catalyze new collaborations that address women and girls' issues that fall within WOMEN'S WAY four core pillars:
- Reproductive freedom and health care access
- Safety and gender-based violence.
- Economic self-sufficiency and justice
- Leadership development of girls and young women.
Steady, Positive Progress
CGEJF grants will provide long-term investment in a collaborative that is making steady, positive progress towards a transformational goal. In addition to being a funder, WOMEN’S WAY will be a strategic partner and support the collaborative’s efforts by:
- Investing in the core functions (coordination, communication and facilitation) of the collaborative
- Helping to develop a process for ongoing data collection to increase the knowledge base that informs systems-level thinking and change
- Serving as a link between the work, outputs and outcomes of the collaborative members and donors/investors
- Helping to translate and communicate the lessons and insights at the local level into the systems, policy and structural change needed to have sustained impact for whole populations
WOMEN’S WAY will support collaboratives that incorporate the following five key elements of Collective Impact, a structured approach to making collaboration work across government, business, philanthropy, non-profit organizations and citizens to achieve significant and lasting social change:
- Common Agenda
- Common Progress Measures
- Mutually Reinforcing Activities
- Continuous Communication
- Backbone Organization(s)
To read more about the five key elements, click here: www.collaborationforimpact.com/collective-impact/
Collaboratives supported by WOMEN'S WAY must demonstrate commitment to, and the application of, the following five principles of collaborating for equity and justice:
- Principle 1: Explicitly address issues of social and economic injustice and structural biases.
- Principle 2: Employ a community development approach in which residents have equal power in determining the coalition’s or collaborative’s agenda and resource allocation.
- Principle 3: Employ community organizing as an intentional strategy and as part of the process. Work to build resident leadership and power, if appropriate.
- Principle 4: Focus on policy, systems, and structural change.
- Principle 5: Construct core functions for the collaborative based on equity and justice that provide basic facilitating structures and build member ownership and leadership.
Strengthen Current Collaborations
WOMEN’S WAY is beginning this fund with a grant to Shared Safety, a collaboration whose mission is to create a more effective city-wide response to domestic violence, and ultimately prevent domestic, intimate partner and relational violence in order to promote healthy communities. Support from WOMEN’S WAY allowed them to develop a new universal screening tool called the Philadelphia Screen for Experience of Relational Violence (P-SERV).
We plan to catalyze a new collaborative
that will focus on enhancing economic security of women, girls and families.
Details about this initiative and the application process will be available July 2017.