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A highly successful national not-for-profit, that originated in Canberra, is now helping a new wave of women facing barriers to employment to find purpose and a sustainable income.
Multiple studies and social welfare groups such as The Salvation Army now point firmly to older women as being the new face of poverty and at an increasingly heightened risk of financial crisis and homelessness.
As women grow older, they’re facing challenges such as reduced superannuation as a result of the gender pay gap and time out of the workforce to raise children; plus, they’re often the primary carer for elderly parents and their partners.
And that means holding on to even part-time work can be a struggle.
An unexpected life event – such as separation or divorce, illness or death of a partner, or job loss – can then quickly turn this risk into an emergency.
Suzanne Fletcher, who now runs Tidy Canberra Gardens, says her experience shows just how easily this can happen.
- Global Sisters (GS) was founded in 2013 by Mandy Richards, who is based in Sydney.
- Our key supporters include the Citi Foundation, Myer Store, Department of Social Services and the Snow Foundation
- Our pro bono and low bono partners are Minter Ellison Law Firm, DPR Accountants, DDI Creative, Mahlab Media, AMBS (Website Development), HUB Australia, myEd, Evil Twin PR and LollyPotz.
- In the last two years, GS received 2000+ hours of pro bono support from our legal, accounting, audit, design, branding and photography partners valued at over $200,000.
- We currently have a team of sixteen (16) people across NSW, ACT, Victoria and the Philippines.