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Join community-minded changemakers focused on creating a world of opportunity for women and girls in the Edmonton region.
Women United is a growing movement of more than 70,000 women around the world dedicated to creating equal opportunity for all. Locally, this network of strong female philanthropists bring people together to create lasting social change.
A global initiative delivered by United Ways around the world, this giving circle aims to bring together a collective of individuals who share a belief in the power of women, a commitment to social justice and workplace equality, and who are looking to develop a deeper connection to issues affecting their communities.
(Above) Women United participants filling backpacks in support of our Tools for School initiative.
Women United Connect is an exclusive series of events for supporters to come together to learn about need in our community while becoming an active part of the solution. By addressing issues of equity for women and girls through connection, learning, empathy, and resilience, at Women United Connect events you will be empowered to create social impact through mutual support and collective action.
Connect events will be held throughout the year.
Day of Caring Connect: Summer (July 11 and 13, 2023)
Take action at this hands-on volunteer opportunity connecting you with United Way’s Tools for School initiative. Help to lessen the financial burden on families with a limited income as well as single-parents – many of whom are women – by helping to ensure thousands of children in our region have the tools they need to help them succeed.
Network Connect – Blanket Exercise: November 1 & 2, 2023
Generate social and professional connections with Women United supporters, allies, and other community-minded people at this intentional networking event. Learn about an area of equity advocacy, share ideas, collaborate, and discuss how, by leveraging the collective power of Women United, you can be part of the solution.
Signature Connect: April 18, 2024
Join supporters, allies, guests, and community leaders to celebrate the collective action and previous year’s impact of Women United. Learn about the fundraising results of this powerful local social movement and how, together, you have made a difference in the lives of women and girls in our community though your advocacy, generosity, and volunteerism.
Mentorship Connect: 2024 TBD
Meet and network with local frontline agencies and organizations that offer mentorship resources to women and girls at this community partnership event. Activate your social purpose by building your awareness of the complexity of needs that exist, and the coordinated network of resources that address and support the success of women and girls through mentorship services.
This can provide one hour of individual counselling for a woman experiencing domestic violence.
This can provide childcare for a mother to complete a financial empowerment series, creating economic stability.
This can provide resources to empower 12 women in a job training program.
This can provide eight months of trauma counselling to an individual experiencing sexual exploitation.
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Maritza shares her story of escaping Colombia and coming to Canada as a refugee, and how her experience – and the support she received from United Way-funded programs – helped her rebuild her life.
In celebration of International Day of the Girl Child, passionate changemakers share why they’re making a difference through Women United.
United Way of the Alberta Capital Region is proud to congratulate our Women United Co-Chair Danisha Bhaloo-Shivji on her appointment to the Women United Global Leadership Council! Acting as the sole Canadian representative, Danisha joins a group of dynamic leaders mobilizing to advance gender equity and advocating for access to quality, affordable, educational childcare.
Sign up to find out about future Women United activities, events, mentorship, and volunteer opportunities.