[In the Field January 2013] Member Feature - Skills for Change

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Immigrant Women in Leadership

Skills for Change believe that immigrant women are key to having vibrant communities and a prosperous economy. Immigrant Women in Leadership seeks to support the ways in which immigrant women can fully participate in their workplaces and communities as leaders. The organization is on the move and ready to impact real change through the following related projects:

Gender-based analysis (GBA) project

Launched last year on International Women's Day (March 8, 2012) the project provides the foundational stepping stone to understand how settlement agencies can unearth the systemic barriers facing immigrant women, how they can be overcome and how organizations can undergo transformational change to assist people of all genders in their entirety.

The gender-based analysis project entitled Gender Consideration When Developing Programming for Immigrant Women, has the potential to make fundamental changes in the ways that settlement and immigrant employment agencies can help immigrant women to emerge as full participants and as leaders in their communities and workplaces.

Funded by Status of Women Canada, this 3-year gender-based analysis project will offer a fresh focus on the challenges experienced by immigrant women, emphasizing the fundamental need for gender equality.

Leaders in Residence

Under the Leaders in Residence project, Skills for Change is collaborating with immigrant women who have a demonstrated passion and commitment to leadership to inspire change in the workplace and in communities as Leaders in Residence.

Between 2012 and 2015, seven (7) immigrant women who have been identified as either recognized or emerging leaders in their respective communities will be selected to identify key issues and trends in the gender-based analysis findings. They will also be tasked to provide recommendations and develop initiatives that will innovate the ways in which immigrant women can fully participate in the democratic, social and economic aspects of Canadian society.

Our first Leader in Residence is already working with us - meet Tinashe Mafukidze.

To find out more about the project and how you or your organization can get involved, please contact Andrew Chung at 416.904.1627 | [email protected].