Working For Women

Year Published:  1982
Resource Type:  Organization
Cx Number:  CX2597

WORKING FOR WOMEN is a pre-employment project for women of Saskatchewan. It was locally developed and is managaed by a community-based organization, the Saskatoon Women Alone Society. The project runs programmes designed to assist women to prepare for and find satisfactory work or training. Programmes are free of charge and free childcare is provided.

In late 1979, the Women Alone Society recognized a need in Saskatoon for a women's employment preparation project. The Canada Employment and Immigration Commission (C E I C) funds WORKING FOR WOMEN through its Outreach Program. WORKING FOR WOMEN is staffed by 12 workers, five full-time and seven part-time.

The Project offers three programs:

1. Employment Options Workshops - This program meets twice a week for 71/2 weeks and is designed for women who wish to clarify their goals and explore their employment and training options. A bi-monthly support group is available for workshop graduates desiring addition informatgion and support.

2. Women-to-Women Program - Women who seek one-to-one emotional support as part of their preparation for employment are given such support by training volunteers. Volunteers help women sort out a wide range of problems - from the aftermath of a marriage breakdown, to childcare problems, to looking at marketable skills.

3. Community Awareness Program - Information sessions are presented to various community groups including employer. The objective of the programme is to enhance community awareness of the issues faced by working women, and to sensitize employers to the situation faced by women entering the paid labour force.

This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1982.
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