As an organization, WOMEN’S WAY seeks to ignite and sustain social change that advances equity, safety, opportunity and access for women and girls.
WOMEN'S WAY Action Partners 2.0 will invest up to $240,000 over a three-year period into a cohort of high-performing, learning, collaborative organizations that are collectively doing work that crosses over at least two out of our four key issue areas:
- Gender-based violence prevention and/or mitigation
- Economic Self-Sufficiency and Justice
- Leadership of women and girls
- Reproductive freedom, justice and healthcare access
In addition, added points will be assigned to applicants who touch on WOMEN’S WAY’s current public policy initiatives, including:
- Raising Women’s Voices, a health initiative focused on ensuring the expansion of healthcare coverage for women in Southeastern Pennsylvania, particularly reproductive healthcare and justice.
- Making Work Pay, an economic justice initiative dedicated to addressing the “Cliff effect” phenomenon affecting low-income working families (particularly women) who lose substantial work supports benefits when receiving incremental raises at low-wage jobs.
- Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative, efforts to strengthen Pennsylvania’s laws and resources in order to better protect victims, prosecute offenders, and prevent human trafficking from happening in the first place.
Proposed projects should have a framework of a “systems change” approach, which recognizes the multilayered structures and interdependencies among all parts of a system, organization or institution. This approach takes into consideration the impact of change on all parts of the system and on their relationships to one another. We are interested in systems change that examines the intersecting nature of issues impacting women and girls, resulting in tangible and long-term solutions or benefits.
Collaborative work should not solely be focused on providing direct services, but should rather focus on creating, improving or enhancing an aspect of a system affecting women and girls. WOMEN’S WAY is particularly interested in supporting organizations that have the ability to be fully inclusive in their philosophy and operations, and can address systems that affect the lives of marginalized or vulnerable populations including low-income women, elderly, disabled, ethnic/racial minority communities, immigrants, refugees, and LGBTQI populations.