The Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition is a non-partisan coalition of Bucks County individuals and non-profit organizations that serve women and girls. We empower, educate and advocate together to promote gender equality and economic self-sufficiency for all.
Organized in 2008 as an advocacy and education project of the Bucks County Women’s Fund, the Coalition became in January 2011 a strategic alliance of A Woman’s Place. Currently there are 150 individual partners and 36 organizational partners partnering to speak with one voice about the systemic public and private reforms needed to foster economic self-sufficiency of Bucks County women and their families.
In May of 2010, the partners agreed on Principles and Components for Economic Self-Sufficiency in Bucks County. This document, revised most recently in January of 2015, provides as follows:
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Preamble: Persuaded by experience that long-term system changes matter, and with a core conviction that all women and their families deserve access to services that help them achieve permanent economic self-sufficiency regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious belief, economic condition, or medical and behavioral health status, the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition comes together to support the following key principles and related specific components and strategies to achieve those ends:
Principles Statement: (LONG RANGE)
On behalf of Bucks County women and their families, the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition advocates for empowering women with education, training, resources and support so they may progress steadily toward achieving economic self-sufficiency and freedom from abuse. The Coalition supports a public and private economic and social system in Bucks County based on shared responsibilities and guided by the following principles:
- Women must have an adequate supply of employment opportunities which pay family-sustaining wages;
- Women must have access to high quality, affordable childcare (including early care and education), eldercare, assistance to disabled individuals and caregiver support;
- Women must have access to appropriate health care for all family members;
- Women must have educational opportunities to achieve financial literacy;
- Women must have workplace training and development needed for ongoing marketability and advancement;
- Women must have safe, secure housing
- Women must have access to reliable transportation;
- Women must be freed from predatory, exploitative, and abusive practices and persons;
- Women must have access to comprehensive integrated services
- When assistance is needed, it must be provided in a manner that enables women to be as independent as possible and to achieve their full capacity in the economy.
The effort to achieve these principles will be guided by gender-specific data collection and analysis, and accountability of and support for all agencies and organizations working to implement these principles. Benchmarks will be set and reviewed periodically to reflect the inherent dynamics of the economy.
Desired Outcomes of the Coalition’s work will mean more issues will be publicly viewed through a “gender lens”:
- More people will know about the needs for better policies and programming for women’s and girls’ economic security, access to services, safety and leadership opportunities.
- Policy makers and opinion leaders will be more engaged in issues regarding women’s and girls’ economic security, access to services, safety, and leadership opportunities.
- Systems (rules, laws, institutional processes) will change and be more responsive to women’s and girls’ needs.
- Coalitions and decision-making bodies will be more diverse and inclusive of all women’s and girls’ voices and issues.
- Advocacy on behalf of women and girls will be stronger, more coordinated, and strategic when allied groups work together and therefore more able to attain and sustain the necessary resources and changes for Bucks County.