Empowering Women

We believe in empowering women to take control of their lives. To be independent and capable of supporting themselves and their children. We aim to empower women and fight for equal rights in 4 main ways: Social Fund, Social Club, Advocacy and Support & Mentorship.
Why Women?

To be able to care for their children and run the household some women stop working. Some work on reduced hours or on a part-time basis. Women find it difficult or are unable to advance in their career or continue their education. Women may lose out on career opportunities due to family responsibilities with many women never reaching their full potential. Inequality in the relationship, domestic abuse, or having to provide for their children alone leads women to fall into poverty in greater numbers.

Due to Covid-19 many women have been laid off and were unable to work since their children were out of school or had no childcare for many months. Others were also unable to go to work for health reasons. International studies show that when there are global socio-economic changes many times women will be the ones taking the lead in helping their families to adjust to the new challenges and realities faced, often at great personal expense. We are envisaging this will also happen after the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, making it even more important to continue to support and empower women.

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Social Fund

We believe in empowering women by giving them the financial support they need in difficult times, to enable them to raise their children in a safe and nurturing home environment. The Social Fund caters for the emergency financial needs of women with children. Women and their children are at the heart of this fund because research shows that single women with children have specific and differing needs to other socioeconomic groups.Funds are generated through donations from the community members; by organising fundraising activities and events; and through social partners and collaborations. The Social Fund is split into 3 main areas of assistance:

1.  Extraordinary Emergency Expenses

This includes unexpected expenses such as higher electricity bills, medication or health care, childcare (when not available through the government scheme), and more. It covers expenses that are either unexpected, or that keep coming in during difficult times, e.g. job loss or illness.

2.  Education & Training Aid

This will help women invest in training and education, in order to create a better future for themselves and their kids. We invest in women short-term, so they may improve their long-term prospects. Education and training means getting better jobs to support themselves and their family. It means starting over after being in an abusive relationship. A study by the International Center for Research on Women confirms “women are more likely to control their own destinies and effect change in their own communities when they have higher levels of education”.

3.  Relocation & Housing Aid

This assistance comes in the form of covering rent, deposits on new rent when relocating, and furnishing the home with the basics needed for a decent quality of life.

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Advocacy

Advocacy – through awareness raising initiatives, educational campaigns and empowerment – is an integral part of what we do. Advocacy should always be about getting a change in behaviours, not just in understanding and starts by changing deep rooted cultural attitudes. We believe that through constant and consistent advocacy, and awareness raising we can challenge and address the root causes of the difficulties still faced by some women in Malta.

 

In Malta, long standing social norms still effect things, such as the gender division of labour which places women firmly in the caring roles, leading to the exclusion of most women from political life and leadership roles, amongst others. Through advocacy we hope to empower women who may be excluded to find the skills and confidence to participate effectively in the decision-making process that effects their rights and wellbeing. In 2016, through advocacy and lobbying, the Women for Women Facebook community, together with the Women’s Rights Foundation and other NGOs, was instrumental in securing the availability of Emergency Contraception for women in Malta.

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Support & Mentorship

As a foundation and community, Women for Women is all about support – coming together to provide support to each other. This support can take many forms, such as simply providing a non-judgmental listening ear, or a shoulder to cry on. We also strive to support women in any way they need through their struggles, such as:

• Guiding them towards the appropriate community services
• Helping with housing challenges
• Helping with childcare challenges
• Helping with education challenges
• Providing food and other essentials
• Funding or organising workshops and classes
•  Support in finding a job – helping with CV writing, interview skills, and more
•  Helping to find affordable (or funding if needed) therapy

Part of the support also comes through mentorship – for example, mentorship through the job-seeking process, in the workplace, in setting up a business, or through a course. We believe that apart from providing immense support and guidance, mentorship helps create more opportunities for women, creates better female leaders, creates professional networks and inspires entrepreneurship.

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Lived Experiences

Alison’s Story

Sixteen year old Alison, recently gave birth to her baby. Thankfully she has the support of her mother, who also has had

Deborah’s Story

Deborah has had a traumatic childhood. She was brought up in care because both her parents had substance abuse problems.

Erika’s Story

Erika is a mother to four children between the ages of 10 and 2. She has always worked reduced hours and all was going w

Christina’s Story

Christina (not her real name) is a mother of two young girls, her husband controls all the family finances and controls

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