Quote: Originally Posted by BitWhys
They are different types of services, BOTH driven by women and poverty experts and previously supported by SWAC because of who they benefit. The micro-loan program offers services to both genders but once those with an open mind learn the demographics of the area they realize easily the people it serves are disproportionately women. That's not out of trend as is actually unavoidable, which is why SWAC in part supported the individuals involved in getting it started. It has to do with understanding the cycle of poverty at least in small part as well, which is probably why Harper's voter base doesn't care.
From my research, it seems that the SWAC centre
only looks after women, whereas the new Component II – Building Sustainable Neighbourhoods of the Winnipeg Partnership Agreement
addresses the same needs but for the whole community. I cannot see where this is a problem. Indeed, there may be more women looking for assistance from this organization, but so what. At least the assistance is also available to men without setting up two separate facilities.
Community Financial Services Centre: Winnipeg
"CFSC will respond to the needs of low-income families who traditionally can’t access mainstream banking services and as a result rely on pawnshops or over-pay for financial services offered by payday lenders.
Clients will be offered different options depending on their needs. The intent is to establish a financial track record so clients can tap into conventional banking institutions. Clients will receive: photo identification that will assist with cashing government cheques; access to financial education and counseling services
; and will be encouraged to open bank accounts. These steps will help ensure clients are eligible for micro-loans that help to build a credit history thereby reducing the access gap to regular financial service providers.
The funds announced today are under Component II – Building Sustainable Neighbourhoods of the Winnipeg Partnership Agreement. This program supports the revitalization of communities in need through broadly based community economic development (CED) and social economy strategies and initiatives."
www.wd.gc.ca/mediacentre/2006/nov16-01a_e.asp (external - login to view)
Women & Money Project: Winnipeg North
"The Gender Budget Project addresses women's economic inequality by demystifying the provincial budget for women in Manitoba while encouraging broader participation in the budget process. Use of popular education workshops to educate women on the budget process while at the same time consulting women on their budget priorities
. Will also involve lobbying the Government of Manitoba to make gender analysis a part of the budget process and are working with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Manitoba to create an Alternative Provincial Budget."
www.campaign2000.ca/si/mb/mbl.html (external - login to view)