The Women's Fund of Miami-Dade improves the lives of women and girls through grant making, advocacy, and education. Women's Fund of Miami-Dade's vision is a community where all women and girls have equal access, opportunity, and influence.
Women have the power to affect the outcome of our elections. However, too often they feel their vote doesn't count - that they don't have a voice. This year The Women's Fund of Miami-Dade is trying to change that through See Her Vote, a countywide initiative to encourage women to vote in their own self-interest by providing information about the voting process, the candidates, and the issues important to women and girls. We are reaching out to registered female voters through canvassing and phone banking to encourage them to vote while providing information about how to register for those who are eligible but have not taken this important first step. Women do have a voice and their vote does matter!
The Women's Fund Miami-Dade has a 23-year history in Miami-Dade. Through grant-making, advocacy and education, they promote women's & children's issues, specifically in the areas of freedom from violence, economic security, leadership and access to health care. The Women's Fund Miami-Dade has been in the forefront of women's and children's issues in our community. In 2016, they started a new advocacy project See Her Vote to encourage women to vote this election year in their own self-interest because their vote does count. We continue to work on our Stop Sex Trafficking initiative, convening communitiy leaders and organizations also working on this issue to share ideas and resources while ensuring they all work together collaboratively to end trafficking in our community.
The Women's Fund Miami-Dade, as early as 2008, recognized sex trafficking as an emerging issue in Miami-Dade County and immediately stepped into action, advocating to and educating our community leaders to take a stand against this modern-day form of slavery involving the illegal trade of people, primarily women & children for exploitation or commercial gain. Today we are recognized as a leader on this issue and continue to work tirelessly to eliminate sex trafficking in our county, bringing together all sectors of our community to deliver the same message and to share ideas and plans.
See Her Vote is a crucial campaign. Women in our community need to know they have a voice and that their vote makes a difference. This year we targeted four communities where female voter turnout has historically been low & the poverty rate is high - Miami Gardens, Opa-Locka, Florida City and Homestead. Through ongoing phone banking and canvassing, we are reaching out to registered female voters to let them know their vote is important, to educate them on the candidates and where they stand on issues important to women and girls and to provide information about the voting process - ways to vote, where to vote, when to vote, etc.
The Women's Fund Miami-Dade is always looking for volunteers and interns who are interested in supporting the work that we do. We offer flexible schedules and a variery of opportunities to hep women and girls in our community. For more information or to sign up, please visit our website at www.womensfundmiami.org or contact us at email@example.com or 305-441-0506.
The Young Professionals of The Women's Fund Miami-Dade bring together a network of professionals 40 years of age and younger to the importance of the advancement of women and girls in Miami-Dade. They offer numerous opportunities to network and meet other young professionals while supporting and learning more about The Women's Fund. More information can be found on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/womensfundyp
The Women's Fund Miami-Dade works to create a community where power and possibility aren't limited by gender. Our grant-making program improves the lives of women & girls and is the only one in the county that only funds gender-specific programming for underserved women and girls. We especially like to give to non-profit organizations that might otherwise not receive funding such as start-up and grassroots organizations that address solutions to issues faced by this population; we know when we invest in them, it gets better for everyone. We are proud of our track record of being the first funder for many wonderful agencies and of our commitment to assist them to sustain & grow. Funded programs include advocacy, education, leadership development, life skills development, mentoring, trainings and more. Our grants have a sustainable and measurable impact on helping all women and girls to reach their full potential and effecting social change for women and girls in our community.
Freedom from Violence
The Women's Fund convenes quarterly forums on violence against women. We are committed to providing needed leadership and structure while providing a resource for networking and collaboration and starting a discourse about these issues in our community. This group has played a key role in community collaborations including One Billion Rising and Stop Sex Trafficking Miami. Topics covered at the meetings have ranged from intimate partner violence and healthy teen dating relationships to childhood sexual abuse and the sexualization of women and girls. During these forums, solutions as well as the problems are identified and presented to the attendees. All organizations and interested persons working in this arena are invited and encouraged to attend this forum.
The Girls Coalition
The Women's Fund hosts quarterly meetings of the Girls Coalition, attended by girl-serving professionals who come to learn about best practices and issues faced at other organizations working with similar populations. The goals of the Girls Coalition are to strengthen the girl serving community by fostering advocacy, collaboration and education to help girls realize their full potential. Some examples of topics covered have included pregnancy prevention, working with LGBTQ populations, bullying, domestic minor sex trafficking, and homeless youth.
Stop Sex Trafficking
The Women's Fund has been involved in bringing awareness and outreach to the community on sex trafficking since 2008. In 2013 South Florida was designated as the third highest geographic area for human trafficking in the country. The Women's Fund was asked by the State Attorney and has now assumed the primary leadership role for Stop Sex Trafficking Miami in our community. Over 45 organizations are affiliated with the Women's Fund currently, and this number is growing, to form a large consortium to spread the message and bring a higher level of awareness to the community. The goal is to develop a countywide safety net throughout every neighborhood in order that young girls and boys will have safe places to go for help and not fall victim to perpetrators of human sex trafficking in order to survive.
See Her Vote
The See Her Vote Campaign’s policy & grassroots advocacy strategy is to mobilize women to action and shift the cultural narrative on local, state & national levels using various civic engagement practices. We influence policy decisions, build the leadership of women & girls and elevate their voice to guarantee their fundamental right to equal access, opportunity & influence. This is a part of a larger movement to get women in our county to register & vote. This year’s campaign focuses on engaging women in the North & South ends of Miami Dade County which had the lowest voter turnout in the past two presidential election cycles; our goal is to get 3,500 women out to vote. Not only will these women turn out but they will be empowered to vote in their own self-interest and hold their elective officials accountable. If women vote in their own self-interest sustainable policy change is inevitable. Laws about pay equity, paid sick leave, access to healthcare, protection from violence & gender discrimination are typically enacted at the state and local levels. These are the issues that have direct effects on the economic security of women & girls in Miami-Dade County. We want to make sure that all eligible female voters in Miami-Dade County exercise their right to vote this year and to make sure they vote in their own self-interest, especially those who feel that their vote does not matter – that they don’t have a voice. Because their vote does matter and they do have a voice.