Global Sisters works at a direct programmatic level to “beat the odds” and a systems change level to “change the odds” for women experiencing barriers to economic participation and security.
Systems Change Strategic Priorities
Our strategy for changing systems is composed of four main priority areas:
Welfare reform for women’s self employment
Reforming the welfare system to support women’s employment in micro business. Create evidence base for welfare reform via three demonstration projects.
Elevating Women’s Micro Business
Elevating women’s micro business as a significant part of the SME sector and contributor to employment and economic growth.
Women’s Financial Products & Services Pathway
Creating a pathway to economic security for women through making tailored, affordable and accessible financial products and services available to women in micro business.
Access to home ownership for women
Pilot: Access to home ownership via affordable housing and accessible finance designed for solo, low-income women. Micro community model with two single mother, and one older woman household on one block with small houses and individual land titles.
Welfare reform to support women’s self-employment: A New Solution for Women’s Economic Participation and Sustainable Work – Demonstration Projects.
To achieve this objective, Global Sisters is leading 3 major programs of work in collaboration with Government, Philanthropy and Corporate Australia. These projects are demonstration projects with direct and systems change outcomes. Through this work we can collect the evidence base and proof of concept to create lasting systems change that will not only make women’s micro business a genuine alternative to underemployment and unemployment but support women’s long-term economic security and ability to break cycles of poverty, prevent homelessness, stay out of DFV and improve their mental health & wellbeing. The purpose, outcomes and expected impact of each of these programs of work are described below.
Elevating women’s micro business
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Partnerships and Pro Bono Support
To change systems a collective impact approach is required. Global Sisters recognises and thanks the following partners.