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ADVOCACY

The Women’s Fund of East Tennessee (WFET) Advocacy Committee works to illuminate the context within which the Fund carries out its mission of transforming the lives of low-income women and girls in East Tennessee. The Committee researches issues and opportunities through national, statewide, and regional networks, and works together to advocate and create programs that raise awareness and educate diverse audiences about our advocacy priorities impacting low-income women and girls in our 25-county service area.

Currently we are focused on the following issues: 

  • Domestic Violence & Human Trafficking

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

  • Access to Education

Advocacy Initiatives 

Lonsdale Career Day

On May 9, 2019, the Women's Fund Advocacy Committee partnered with Lonsdale Elementary School to host a Career Day. The Advocacy Committee gathered over 30 professionals from diverse careers in our community who spent the day talking with 400 elementary school students about their futures.

Advocacy Forum II

On Tuesday, November 7, 2017, the Women’s Fund of East Tennessee organized their second Advocacy Forum event. The WFET Advocacy Forum II was open to the public, community partners, and was graciously hosted by the Knoxville Museum of Art.  Participants, speakers, members, and guests spent the evening engaging with one another over the obstacles that low-income women and girls are confronted with when accessing resources to education and future sustainability.

10 Ways to Take Action

WFET developed a resource for community members identifying tangible ways that individuals can take action in an effort to raise awareness and make change throughout WFET's advocacy focus areas. This resource identifies partners throughout our 25-county service area that are making a difference by serving low-income women and girls in East Tennessee. 

Community Schools Educational Outreach

WFET proudly partners with the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking and the Great Schools Partnership to sponsor parent education sessions to discuss the topic of human trafficking and how families can protect their children from modern-day slavery. The sessions include discussion topics such as maintaining safety on social media and what parents can do if they notice their children communicating with someone in an unsafe manner online. Education sessions have taken place at Lonsdale Elementary School and Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Academy. 

 

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