CWEALF is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women, girls and their families to achieve equal opportunities in their personal and professional lives. To achieve this mission the organization provides legal education and advocacy services, leads statewide policy and advocacy campaigns, implements research and evaluation projects, and offers programming to promote girls pursuit of STEM careers.
CWEALF provides an information, referral and advocacy service while also training and empowering women in Connecticut to advocate for themselves. Each year, CWEALF helps thousands of women and low-income people navigate legal and social service systems. By incorporating these experiences into our public policy and advocacy work, CWEALF is able to offer innovative approaches to issues affecting women and gender equity throughout the state. At CWEALF we are committed to:
To achieve these objectives, CWEALF's work is divided into three core programs, Legal Education, Public Policy and Advocacy, and Research and Evaluation. Through these programs, CWEALF initiates services to educate and empower women and girls to ensure they have the tools, knowledge and avenues to reach their goals.
With the expansion of our Legal Education program and ourGirls & STEM activities, CWEALF is looking for volunteers to both staff the Information & Referral line and assist in Expos. Additionally, the increased attention to our communications efforts has put us in a position to seek assistance from experts in the area of marketing and communication. Finally, a very important aspect to our Legal Education Program is our ability to appropriately refer clients to attorneys in their areas. We continue to seek attorneys that are willing to join our Cooperating Attorney network in order to be able to offer our clients a full range of services.
longest running program is its Information & Referral Service
(I&R). Historically, the Information
& Referral (I&R) services were provided strictly via the
phone. However, as the community needs changed, the service has evolved to include a more comprehensive in-person advocacy
CWEALF’s Legal Education Program provides essential information to everyone who contacts the agency. This includes I & R, Advocacy, Community Outreach, and Community Education. CWEALF provides clients with free legal information, bilingual services, referrals to partner agencies and cooperating attorneys, and community education on family law, employment, educational equity and civil rights law.
CWEALF chairs the CT Campaign for Paid Family Leave. The Campaign consists of a group of over 50 diverse advocates who represent the needs of working families, adults and children have come together to explore how CT can provide relief when an employee needs time away from work to deal with their own illness, the illness of an aging parent or loved one, or to care for a newborn.
Monitor legislation at the Capitol and work in coalition with other organizations to ensure women may address their needs.
Using the information from the Legal Education Program and Research & Evaluation we promote changes in legal, educational and social service systems to remove barriers to accessing resources.
Among our most recent accomplishments includes CWEALF’s expansion of our research and evaluation work. What feminism and other social movements have called the ability to “name and frame” is central to CWEALF’s mission to empower women, girls and their families to achieve equal opportunities in their personal and professional lives. From the founding of CWEALF to today, CWEALF has worked to identify social needs in order to spur action. This includes the work we’ve done in the past year with multiple community foundations to assess the needs of women and girls in their respective counties. The information from these reports will be used to inform the public including community agencies, municipalities, and state policy makers about the existing and emerging needs of women and girls. Having a strong research and evaluation program not only provides us with information about the needs of women in Connecticut, but also positions us to appropriately and effectively evaluate our own programming.
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