Women's experiences of social programs for people with low incomes

This fact sheet weaves together the voices of women with critical analysis and detailed evidence on how the devolution of social programs has impacted on diverse low-income women?s lives.  It provides important evidence as to why and how listening to women?s voices is critical to knowing the real issues in policy making and programming.  It is based on a 2007 study entitled Integrating the voices of low-income women into policy discussions on the Canada Social Transfer CST: First Nations women in Vancouver, immigrant and refugee women in Calgary and women with disabilities in Winnipeg.  It combines existing quantitative research with new qualitative research based on the perspectives of policy makers, social service providers, low-income First Nations, immigrant, refugee women and women with disabilities from three Canadian cities.