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A global initiative, Women United launches in Edmonton

United Way looking for local participants
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Women United, a global and local initiative supported by the United Way, launches in Edmonton this month.

Edmonton and area will join the ranks of over 70,000 change makers around the world as United Way of the Alberta Capital Region officially launches Women United this week. A global initiative of United Ways around the world, Women United co-chair Danisha Bhaloo-Shivji says the program aims to bring together individuals who share a belief in the power of women, a commitment to social justice and workplace equality, and who are looking to develop a deeper connection to issues affecting their communities. 

“Our city is known for an ability to come together and help make a lasting impact, for our people who are passionate about driving meaningful social change and for our employers, who encourage connectedness to the community," said Bhaloo-Shivji. "If this sounds like you and you’re looking to put this energy into action, we would love to hear from you.” 

Individuals will join community-minded women focused on creating a world of opportunity for vulnerable people and families in the Edmonton region. Through mentorship, advocacy for mental wellness, and amplifying marginalized voices, Women United aims to empower Women United members, their allies, and those in the community who are at risk of falling into and experiencing poverty. 

"United Way experts will direct resources and supports to areas of greatest need for marginalized and vulnerable female-identifying neighbours through mentorship, mental wellness advocacy, and programs provided by United Way’s partner front line community agencies," added Women United co-chair Regina Davis.

Women United is engaged in 165 communities across six countries and has raised over $2 billion since 2002.

Individuals and employers who are interested in joining or learning how to support employee membership in Women United are invited to visit myunitedway.ca or call 780-990-1000.