Our programs confront critical issues of economic mobility reflected by statistics that we work to change. One in five women in Miami-Dade County lives in poverty. Scarcity of affordable housing is a key factor causing homelessness in Florida, and the overall homeless population in Miami continues to climb. On average, women earn 78 cents on the dollar to a white man, with black women earning 61 cents and Hispanic women earning a mere 55 cents on the dollar. Education, adequate household income, and employment are critical to preventing and reducing homelessness and providing economic security and mobility. To impact these issues, The Women's Fund Miami-Dade undertakes community awareness and education programs, including Equal Pay Miami-Dade; convenes non-profit collaborative forums to generate "breakthrough solutions" to problems associated with Economic Mobility in issue-areas including living wage, equal pay, workforce development, childcare, hunger and homelessness); and provides funding and capacity-building programs to non-profit organizations working to increase the economic mobility of all women in Miami-Dade County. Our current outdoor campaign for Economic Mobility addresses hunger and homelessness.
Freedom from Violence
Our Freedom From Violence programs confront critical issues reflected by unacceptable statistics. On average, 24 women per minute are victims of intimate partner violence. Guns are used to kill women in 53 percent of intimate partner homicides. One in three women is
a victim of domestic violence, and one in three girls is a victim of child sexual abuse. In collaboration with community partners,
we identify actions and invest in programs to create freedom from violence. We convene quarterly forums on violence against women that provide opportunity for networking and collaboration, and provide a platform to discuss critical issues and develop breakthrough solutions. Key community collaborations include One Billion Rising Miami, and The Office of the State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. Topics covered at forums range from intimate partner violence and teen dating relationships, to sex trafficking, childhood sexual abuse and the sexualization of women and girls. Our Impact Investment program will also provide multi-year funding to non-profits working to create freedom from violence for women and girls throughout Miami-Dade County. Our programs address issues including domestic violence, sex and human trafficking, gun violence, child sexual abuse, bullying, and cyber-violence. Outdoor campaigns have included Stop Sex Trafficking; and Domestic Violence - See It, Hear It, Stop It.
Health and Well-Being
Our programs to impact Health and Well-Being include advocacy, education, and investment in non-profit organizations working to affect the health and well-being of all women and girls throughout Miami-Dade County. The numbers demonstrate the need. The Status of Women in the States report ranks Florida as 32 in the country in health and well-being, and Miami-Dade County ranks fifth in Florida in overall health rankings. Women are at special risk of specific health conditions, such as depression and exposure to intimate partner violence, and typically incur greater health care costs than men. Low-income women and women of color are especially likely to experience poor health outcomes. Our programs address issues including affordable healthcare, women's reproductive health, mental health, suicide prevention, and substance abuse. We conduct quarterly non-profit collaborative forums to identify community-driven solutions, undertake community education and awareness campaigns, and invest in non-profit organizations working to affect the health and well-being of all women and girls in Miami-Dade County.
Our programs aim to advance all women and girls in leadership. The statistics reflect the need for change in our community. Miami ranks third in the nation for the number of women-owned businesses, yet the resources to support business growth are lacking. While more than 1.1 million women are eligible to vote in Miami-Dade County, only 299,550 voted in the 2016 presidential election. Only 25 percent of Florida legislators in 2018 are women, and across our country less than five percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are female, and one in three girls is afraid to lead. Our non-profit capacity-building seminars aim to strengthen the impact and sustainability of our non-profit community partners; our community forums aim to generate awareness in the community of issues and solutions to affect change; and our Impact Investment program will invest in non-profits working to advance leadership among women and girls. Our programs focus on leadership issues, including: developing women leaders, mentoring, civic engagement, girls leadership, and gender bias and diversity.
Outdoor Transit and Billboard IMPACT Campaign
Our newly-launched monthly outdoor transit and billboard IMPACT campaigns raise awareness among communities in Miami-Dade County that are highly impacted by the issues in each of the four program areas of Economic Mobility, Freedom From Violence, Health and Well-Being, and Leadership. The outdoor campaigns will include helplines and hotlines so those in need will regularly and routinely see how they can reach out, seek help, and be supported. In October, 2018, we launched DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - HEAR IT, SEE IT, STOP IT in metro rails and bus shelters in zip codes with the highest incidence of reported domestic violence. In November, the campaign will be Hunger and Homelessness. In December, the campaign will be on the issues of Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Suicide Prevention; January will be Human and Cyber-Trafficking; February will be Girls Leadership; March will be Women's Reproductive Health; April - Living Wage and Equal Pay; May - Sexual Assault and Harassment; June - Women's Leadership; July - Accessible and Affordable Health Care; August - Accessible Childcare and Family Friendly Workplace Policies; and September - Workforce Development, Gender Bias, and Diversity. With support, we can expand the campaign to ensure every woman and girl in need, knows where they can call for help and support.