Scholar Dr. Shahriar’s (2021) research focuses on microfinance in developing countries and the opportunities it offers to help people out of poverty. His latest research findings centre on the experiences of Bangladesh women exposed to some of the region’s highest rates of gender-based violence. His results indicate that women who have experienced physical or sexual violence from their partners are less likely to start a new business with microcredit than those who have not experienced such violence. While the study is based in Bangladesh, the results may be relevant for women in other countries (specifically third-world countries).
Therefore, here at TFCA, we support and encourage women directly through what we call “The Placement Circle”, a pilot program aimed at getting disadvantaged women into sustainable employment by connecting them to accredited platforms such as (Toronto Forensic Institute, St. Lawrence College), goal and trade specific vocational training (and Registered Training Organisations).
The program takes groups of women/girls/transwomen/, including disadvantaged women, through a peer-supported vocational training model and into sustainable employment. To ensure success, participants also have the facilitated support of other women just like them – in their community and close to home. The peer support framework builds confidence, attitudes, connection, and work capability.
There is no program targeted explicitly at training for women, and with a direct view to employment, our goal here at TFCA and TFI is for The Placement Circle to be spread nationwide. Because there is no program like this. More importantly, encourage Canadians to seek opportunities in other provinces in our beautiful country (Dr. Mash, Tiana)
Vulnerable women are in all sorts of dispositions and may encounter discrimination and prejudicial experience. Specifically, women with diverse ethnic backgrounds, religious views and practices, cultural conflict and expectations, and fear and mistrust of those working in private or public organizations. Ethnically various women: they may be women who, their children have gone to school, and they want to return to work, but they can’t navigate or negotiate the entire training and employment path because it’s too demanding.”
Our entrepreneurship program advocates a different model for engaging disconnected women and girls in vocational training and employment pathways. The peer-supported model aims to roll out multiple pilot programs in high labour-demand industries in 2023, with connected pathways to employment. As they scale to deliver more prominent programs with more significant impact, financial donations and partnerships with training organizations are critical to assist them in executing a strong 2023 program.