There are myriad reasons why families break apart and mothers end up being the primary caregiver to her children. But there is a social stigma attached to single motherhood and single mothers are preparing to Speak Out.
We owe it to them to listen. After all, a single mother not only carries the responsibility of raising her children, but she also does that incredible job bearing the burden of systemic negative stereotypes that are ingrained in government policy and perpetuated in the media and the community.
“Council of Single Mothers and their Children is honoured to have the support of the Joan Hudson sub-fund for our Single Mothers Speak Out program. We are excited to be empowering single mothers to contribute to systemic change, as well as equipping them to negotiate better outcomes for themselves and their children.
We commend Victorian Women’s Trust for funding this project, having had many other funders decline to fund this advocacy work to give single mothers a voice in their lives and their future.”
Organisation: Council of Single Mothers and their Children Inc.
Sub-Fund: Joan Hudson Sub-Fund
The Council of Single Mothers and their Children will train single mothers to advocate for their children and support other single mothers. Single Mothers Speak Out will equip single mothers with the skills, confidence and networks to advocate for themselves and their children to secure employment and housing, deal with Centrelink and Family Law, and change the narrative of single-mother public policy. This innovative social justice approach will enable single mothers to address the entrenched disadvantage they and their children face in the media, their communities and because of public policy.
Training for Aboriginal community-based service providers to support Aboriginal LGBTI clients.
To develop a cohousing community for older women.
Provide a safe space for African women to share their stories and experiences and to develop skills as leaders.
Women who are incarcerated to create a music video telling their own stories.