The Single Mothers' Alliance for Gender & Economic Justice is an anti-poverty community based non-profit created and organized by lone-mothers for lone-mothers in BC. Incorporated as a non-profit in 2014, we are a pan-provincial alliance of cis-gendered, trans and two-spirit lone-mother members raising their children in communities large and small throughout the province. Our theory of change is grounded in a decolonizing and community-centred organizing model that pursues systemic change to end poverty, inequality and discrimination in BC for lone-mothers, women, and gender-diverse people. Our advocacy and initiatives are based on a women’s and children’s human rights foundation informed by the social determinants of health.
Our Community-Based Approach
We connect across our intersectional identities and diverse experiences to find common ground and build community power for change, tackling social isolation by growing and supporting our membership. Our organizing model permeates all of our advocacy, programs and initiatives, facilitating educational opportunities, skill-building and access to tools for change-making that builds power and social capital for low-income lone-mothers.
Our Organizing Model
SMA’s framework, advocacy and initiatives are determined through collaborative listening campaigns we conduct on a regular basis with our membership throughout BC. Through March, April and May 2021, we carried out a province-wide listening campaign and a post-pandemic survey to determine our strategic priorities for 2021-2024. To learn more about our strategic priorities click here. Please see our Advocacy Focus page to browse our six current advocacy priority areas. To join SMA as a member please see our membership sign up form here.
We officially endorse the $10 A Day Child Care Plan for BC.
With huge gratitude we acknowledge the financial support of the Vancouver Foundation, the Vancity Community Foundation, and the generous donors and supporters who make our work possible. We couldn't do what we do without you!