WOMEN’S WAY, the region’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement of women, girls, and gender equality, announces $40,000 in bridge grants to two local Philadelphia- area nonprofits. Women’s Medical Fund and HIAS PA were each awarded $20,000 respectively for their alignment with WOMEN’S WAY’s mission to inspire and mobilize the community and invest in organizations and leaders that will advance the rights of and opportunities for women and girls, and achieve gender equality for all.
Women’s Medical Fund will use their $20,000 grant to ensure abortion access for those most impacted by punitive political restrictions. HIAS PA plans to spend $5,000 of their $20,000 grant on a convening for the area’s civil rights minded attorneys to gather, learn details of the current assaults on women immigrants and refugees and discuss how to work together to preserve our civil liberties. The remaining $15,000 will go directly to their Interpersonal and Domestic Violence program.
In 2016 WOMEN’S WAY underwent an in-depth strategic planning process with key stakeholders and the community, resulting in the adoption of a three-year plan that will reestablish the organization as the region’s leading convener, grant maker, and powerful voice for women and girls everywhere. One of the first strategic initiatives under newly appointed Executive Director, Diane Cornman-Levy, are the $40,000 grants in support of the two likeminded nonprofit organizations.
“WOMEN’S WAY is determined to maintain consistent grantmaking policies to fund core needs and emerging issues,” said Diane Cornman-Levy. “Awarding Women’s Medical Fund and HIAS PA our first grant of 2017 is a strategic step in the right direction with shared long-term goals to make transformational change on issues of gender equality and justice in our region.”
Women’s Medical Fund provides emergency financial support, counseling, and information to women and teens who have made the decision to terminate a pregnancy but do not have the resources to pay for abortion care. Women’s Medical Fund also is committed to expanding and equalizing access to abortion by lifting the insurance bans and eliminating other barriers.
“Women’s Medical Fund is honored to receive this award from WOMEN’S WAY,” said Susan Schewel, Executive Director of Women’s Medical Fund. “We will use this grant to ensure abortion access for those most impacted by punitive political restrictions; this support will help us to plan for the uncertain times ahead for access to abortion in this new political era.”
Under its Interpersonal and Domestic Violence Project, HIAS PA provides legal assistance for women who qualify for immigration benefits under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) because they have been abused by a US citizen or permanent resident spouse. HIAS PA provides on-site outreach to domestic violence shelters in Philadelphia and Chester County. They provide legal assistance to ~150 clients per year under its Interpersonal and Domestic Violence Program. HIAS PA is one of the few organizations in the State that offers interpersonal and domestic violence legal assistance through the lens of immigration and refugee status. Additionally, HIAS PA is a leader in advocacy work on all aspects of immigration and refugee law and implications of legal rulings.
"In a time where immigrant women and girls are in more danger than ever, we are so grateful for WOMEN’S WAY’s generous support of our work,” said Cathryn Miller-Wilson, Esquire. “Women all over the world are victimized based on their gender. It is for this reason that we created the HIAS PA domestic violence initiative of our immigration legal services program, which this grant funds. This grant will be used toward immigration legal intervention, which allows immigrant victims of domestic violence the ability to obtain legal status so that they can work, become independent and remain safely in the U.S. with their children."
For the last 40 years, WOMEN’S WAY has been the region’s premier organization dedicated to the advancement of women, girls, and gender equality. During that time, the organization has impacted the lives of more than 200,000 women and their families.
ABOUT WOMEN’S WAY
WOMEN’S WAY is the Greater Philadelphia region’s leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of women, girls and gender equality. Established in the mid- 1970’s, the organization inspires and mobilizes the community to invest in organizations and leaders that will advance the rights of and opportunities for women and girls, and achieve gender equality for all. In 2016 WOMEN’S WAY launched a strategic plan that will connect and empower the community and continue to cultivate high-impact philanthropy across the region. For more information on WOMEN’S WAY please visit: https://www.womensway.org.