Advocating for Women and Girls
CWEALF protects and promotes the rights of women and girls by identifying and articulating the challenges they face and elevating their interests and voices through public policy and advocacy.
Our Legal Education Program helps us to understand the significant needs of women and girls throughout the state. To achieve better opportunities for women, CWEALF leads policy coalitions, offers public testimony, and collaborates with community partners.
CWEALF fights gender discrimination and advances the rights, opportunities and status of women and girls, with a focus on:
Economic Security and Success
Access to Justice
Workplace and Education Equity
Freedom from Violence and Harassment
Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
In addition to legislative monitoring, the agency leads coalitions on critical issues of equity in Connecticut. Currently, CWEALF leads the following coalitions:
The Campaign for Paid Family Leave: a coalition of more than 65 organizations from across the state advocating for the implementation of a system in which workers can take paid time off of work to take care of their own illness, an illness of a loved one, or a birth or adoption of a child. Paid family and medical leave will protect workers from suffering financially during difficult family situations.
The Family Law Working Group: a diverse coalition of attorneys, advocates, legal professionals, and family law practitioners convened to monitor legislative proposals and task forces, ensuring fairness in laws relating to divorce, child support, alimony, and custody.
NEWS: Guiding the Family Law Working Group’s work is CWEALF’s recently published study, “Outcomes of Marriage Dissolution in Connecticut: an Empirical Study of Divorce, Custody, and Financial Support in 2012.” This study and report reviewed divorce cases in the year 2012. Among many findings, this study found a decrease in child support orders, increased contact between fathers and children, efficient case processing, attorney representation in only approximately half of the cases, and weak economic circumstances for both parties, with a significant disparity in women’s financial standing. Click here to read the full report.
2018 Legislative Session Testimonies