"By supporting women to...overcome societal barriers, to challenge contradicting government policies and stigma's affecting young, single mothers, WMF teaches women how to become self advocates and community activists." 

Venise, 2007 Graduate

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Advocating for Change

Through our Community Engagement classes, you will be given the opportunity to explore how government decisions impact your life.  You will gain the skills to successfully advocate for yourself and your family, and also to address issues that impact your community.


For young mothers on social assistance who are interested in joining a training or education program, child care is key to their success.  Due to a lack of funding at all levels of government, women who require subsidized child care are told they must wait indefinitely for a space.  This lack of support for the efforts ambitious women are making to move towards economic independence is unacceptable. 


Women Moving Forward has participated in a number of anti-poverty rallies in Toronto, and have also had the opportunity to participate in the work of the National Council of Welfare (NCW).  Participants were invited to speak at the release of the NCW's 2006-2007 Release of Welfare Incomes at the Driftwood Community Centre.  WMF was also featured in the NCW's research paper The Dollars and Sense of Poverty as an example of a successful poverty-reduction model.

Below are the stories women and staff have shared with government officals as part of their advocacy efforts.