Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) works nationally to build pathways to economic independence and equality of opportunity for America’s women and girls. Since 1964, WOW has helped women learn to earn with programs emphasizing quality jobs, gender equity and economic security across the lifespan. Recognized nationally for its training models, technical assistance and advocacy, WOW redefines what women and families need to be economically secure throughout their lifetimes. WOW remains integrally involved in national policy debates, and works closely with state partners to advocate on the state level. For more information, visit www.wowonline.org.
Recognizing that survivors’ safety and their economic security are inextricably linked, WOW's Economic Security for Survivors (ESS) Project promotes strategies that foster economic security within the justice system and in partnership with the non-profits that serve survivors. The ESS project provides resources, education, training and technical assistance to transitional housing programs, direct service providers, state and local governments, and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Services Training Officers Prosecutors (STOP) Grant Program. For more information, visit http://www.wowonline.org/economic-security-for-survivors/.
WOW has developed two courses that provide guidance and resources to assist case managers and advocates seeking to support survivor's economic independence through better employment.
- Green Pathways to Economic Security Course. This 5-module course helps transitional housing staff identify and explore good job opportunities with an emphasis on green and non-traditional occupations, which can offer women higher wages, benefits and opportunities for career growth. The course examines how to assess and develop a survivor’s career potential, evaluate the labor market and connect to workforce development programs.
- Economic and Employment Advocacy Curriculum. This 12-part course is divided into three units: Pathways to Economic Security, Financial Recovery and Growth, and Addressing Barriers to Economic Security. Topics covered in this course include how to match survivors’ skills and abilities to good jobs in growing fields, effectively market themselves to employers, how to recover the cost of economic abuse and how to support survivors with significant barriers to employment.
These courses were generously supported by Grant No. 2010-ET-S6-K014 and Grant No. 2012-TA-AX-K031 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.