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Women-Specific Services

Four women walking outdoors

Some services are available in a women-only setting, including but not limited to programs for new mothers, pregnant women, and those wishing to exercise in a more private setting. These services may include health and mental health supports, resources and information and opportunities to build new skills or access accommodation, food and baby items.


Ancaster Ladies 3 Pitch League Program

Ancaster Ladies 3 Pitch League
905-630-6070, 905-648-9003,

A recreational women’s baseball league where all skill levels are welcome.  Games played at various diamond locations in Ancaster and surrounding area. 

Atwell Centre Pregnancy Support Services

Atwell Centre
905-393-8525, 905-902-6082 (Text),
40 Wellington St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1M8, Canada

A non-profit agency committed to providing hope, compassionate and informative assistance for anyone facing an unexpected pregnancy.

Services are free and confidential. They include:

  • Medical Grade Pregnancy Tests
  • Pregnancy Options Support
  • Point-of-care Ultrasound
  • STI Testing & Treatment
  • Pregnancy + Beyond Support
  • Post Abortion Support
  • Abortion Support
  • Resources & Referrals
  • Male Mentoring
  • Community Referrals
  • Sexual Health and Relationship Education (S.H.A.R.E) for teens, students & teachers
  • Baby Boutique – Free Maternity and Baby Clothes (NB – 2T)

Baby Depot Boutique

Baby Depot (The)
669 Barton St E, Hamilton, ON L8L 3A3, Canada

Provides free baby clothing and other essential gear to local families in need.

Accept used and new baby clothing in sizes 0 to 2T as well as coats, diapers, blankets, wipes, Vaseline, baby lotion, baby shampoo, diaper cream, new towels, and new or used washcloths.

Items that will not be accepted include used swim suits, used towels, used underwear, reusable diapers, stuffed animals, used toys, or any adult clothing.

Donations can be dropped off at one of three drop-off locations in the city. Please call for locations.

Baby Depot Clothing and Essentials Distribution Services (The)

Baby Depot (The)
669 Barton St E, Hamilton, ON L8L 3A3, Canada

The Baby Depot collects, recycles, and distributes a year’s worth of gently used baby clothes and essentials to local families in need through a network of community partners. They do not distribute these items directly.

Birthright Hamilton Pregnancy Support Services

Birthright International
1-800-550-4900, 905-527-3677,
370 Main St E, Suite M1, Hamilton, ON L8N, Canada

Offers free, confidential emergency service for women distressed by pregnancy.

Services include:

  • counselling and referrals
  • assistance in finding accommodation
  • free diapers and formula (when donations allow)
  • free maternity and baby clothes (newborn to 2 years)
  • free pregnancy testing

Buchanan Park Ladies Softball League Program

Buchanan Park Ladies Softball League
30 Laurier Ave, Hamilton, ON L9C 3R9, Canada

Softball program for women, consisting of 8 teams.  Each season includes 2 practices and approximately 13 games.  New players must attend a rating clinic prior to drafting of the teams. 

Carole Anne’s Place

YWCA Hamilton
75 MacNab St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1, Canada

A drop-in for unsheltered women and non-binary individuals in Hamilton, providing access to meals, showers and basic needs, low barrier health care, harm reduction and withdrawal management services, safe drug use space (from 10pm-9am), systems navigation and shelter referrals, advocacy, care planning and coordination.   

Catholic Family Services Children’s Counselling

Catholic Family Services of Hamilton
460 Main Street East, Unit 404, Hamilton, ON L8N 1K4

Offers support services and counselling to children who have experienced abuse. Services include:

  • needs assessment
  • safety planning
  • individual or family counselling
  • short-term follow-up supports

Catholic Family Services Day Treatment and School Programs

Catholic Family Services of Hamilton
905-575-7500, 905-575-7500 ext. 313,
500 Mohawk Rd W, Hamilton, ON L9C 1X4, Canada

Offers school programs and on-site supports for pregnant and parenting young women who live in the community. Nutritious lunch and snacks are provided daily. The Hamilton Wentworth District School Board provides and on-site classroom offering a range of grade 9-12 credits. Additional supports are available including prenatal, parenting, and life skills programs as well as counselling, and referral to other community and health care resources. 

Catholic Family Services of Hamilton Community Outreach Program

Catholic Family Services of Hamilton
905-575-7500, 905-575-7500 ext. 313,
500 Mohawk Rd W, Hamilton, ON L9C 1X4, Canada

The Community Outreach Program consists of the Get Connected program and a Young Parent Navigator. Together these provide support for pregnant and parenting young people living in the community who may need assistance making connections to community resources, navigating services systems and learning self-advocacy skills.

Also provides community education and awareness through workshops that can be arranged through St. Martin’s Manor.

  • staff are available to offer in-service education about the needs of young parents and the supports offered through St. Martin’s Manor and the Young Parent Network of Hamilton.
  • the Young Parent’s Speakers Bureau provides awareness to community agencies, groups, and schools, about their experiences as a young parent.

Centre de Santé Communautaire Prenatal Nutrition Program

Centre de Santé Communautaire Hamilton/Niagara
1-866-437-7606, 905-528-0163 ext. 3230, 905-528-9196,
1320 Barton St E, Hamilton, ON L8H 2W1, Canada

Offers educational programs for new mothers including a prenatal and postnatal program focusing on healthy interactions between babies and mothers. Also offers follow-ups concerning nutrition and postnatal home visits. Goals of this program are to:

  • promote healthy behaviours during pregnancy
  • prepare mothers for birth
  • teach about breastfeeding and infant care
  • provide outreach for postpartum depression

Counselling and Community Services

Interval House of Hamilton
289-895-8580 (Flamborough), 905-387-8881, 905-522-0127 (Hamilton),
100 Main St E, Suite 205, Hamilton, ON L8N 3W4
17 Main St S, Unit C, Waterdown, ON L0R 2H0, Canada

Services provided by Interval House of Hamilton at Women’s Centre of Hamilton and Flamborough Women’s Resource Centre. Provides support for women and their children who are experiencing domestic violence and abuse including:

  • community counselling services
  • individual counselling
  • employment counselling
  • peer support
  • wellness and recovery groups
  • safety planning
  • housing services

Dundas Women’s Softball Association Program

Dundas Women’s Softball Association
Dundas Driving Park, 71 Cross St, Dundas, ON L9H 2R5, Canada

A recreational softball program for women.  Aims to promote teamwork, friendly competition, and building of softball skills.  Teams are sponsored by local businesses. 

Elizabeth Fry Society Community Programs

Elizabeth Fry Society
987 King St E, Hamilton, ON L8M 1C6, Canada

Elizabeth Fry Society offers several community programs for women including:

  • Anger management counselling
  • Domestic abuse support groups and counselling
  • Education programs around improving self-esteem
  • Trauma healing

Elizabeth Fry Society Corrections Programs

Elizabeth Fry Society
987 King St E, Hamilton, ON L8M 1C6, Canada

The Elizabeth Fry Society offers many programs to those in corrections. Content of these focuses on anger management, counselling for abuse and domestic violence survivors, relapse prevention and trauma healing.

Elizabeth Fry Society Corrections Release Planning

Elizabeth Fry Society
987 King St E, Hamilton, ON L8M 1C6, Canada

Elizabeth Fry Society Southern Ontario Region offers programming and support directly to women from the Hamilton and surrounding area when they are being released back into the community. This program provides women with comfort kits, non-perishable food items and gently used clothing. It also connects women to housing supports, community referrals and other community programming.

Provided to women being released from the Grand Valley Institute, Vanier, and the Hamilton-Wentworth Detention Centre.

Elizabeth Fry Society Court Support

Elizabeth Fry Society
1-866-216-3379, 905-527-3097 ext. 231 (Court Coordinator Office), 905-645-5252 ext. 3659 (Court House Office),
45 Main St E, Hamilton, ON L8N 2B7, Canada

The Elizabeth Fry Society can provide a court worker or advocate for and provide referrals and support for women to help them navigate through the court process.

Staff and volunteers attend Hamilton criminal courts most weekday mornings to provide these programs or support women in conflict with the law.

Elizabeth Fry Society H. E. R. Drop-in

Elizabeth Fry Society
1-866-216-3379, 905-527-3097,
987 King St E, Hamilton, ON L8M 1C6, Canada

Criminalized women age 18 and older are offered an onsite drop-in support at the head office of the Elizabeth Fry Society in Hamilton. The goal of this program is to assist women who have been in conflict with the law with community reintegration. The drop-in also includes programming, access to free clothing, toiletries and food.


Emma’s Place

Mission Services of Hamilton
905-528-5100 ext. 1200
196 Wentworth St N, Hamilton, ON L8L 5V7, Canada

15 low-barrier overnight beds to women and non-binary people. Beds are available on a first come, first serve basis either by walk-in or community referral. Offers snacks and beverages, harm reduction supplies, emotional support, and assistance with finding housing. 

Good Shepherd Centres Women’s Services

Good Shepherd Centres
905-523-6277, 905-523-8766,
25 Ray St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 2X5, Canada
20 Pearl St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 2Y8, Canada

Provides a place of sanctuary, safety and support for women (and their children) with a variety of programs.

Family Court Support Worker Program

  • Provides information on the family court process, assistance in preparing for family court proceedings (documenting history of abuse, accessing Legal Aid), referral to specialized services and supports in the community, safety planning, and court accompaniment to proceedings, when appropriate.

  • Transitional Housing and Support Program

  • Help women and their children access services to establish violence and abuse-free lives in the community.

  • Second Stage Services

  • Offer furnished, affordable housing to both single women and women with children for up to one year. Supports are geared to creating greater physical, emotional and financial stability in the aftermath of violence and abuse.

Good Shepherd Centres, Women’s Shelter Services

Good Shepherd Centres
605-546-1743, 905-528-9109,
135 Mary St, Hamilton, ON L8R 1K4, Canada
378 Main St E, Hamilton, ON L8N 1J8, Canada

Provides emergency shelter services and overnight accommodation for homeless women in Hamilton. Services also include meals and laundry.

Good Shepherd Women’s Emergency Services, Martha House

Good Shepherd Centres
905-523-6277, 905-523-8895,
25 Ray St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 2X5, Canada

A 40-bed emergency shelter for individuals and their children who are homeless and fleeing violence and abuse. Provides safe, short-term accommodation in private family-style units, safety planning and emergency transportation to the shelter, if needed, referrals and advocacy for legal, medical, financial, employment, housing and community services.

Goodtime Ladies Fastball League Program

Goodtime Ladies Fastball League

Fastball league for women.  Open to residents of Flamborough and surrounding area.  Meeting times and locations vary.  

Gyo Geh Doh (New Beginnings)

Native Women’s Centre
1-888-308-6559, 905-318-2666,

Replacing the Mountain View Program (Discontinued in September 2020), Gyo Geh Doh is a transitional supportive housing program for single women in precarious housing conditions. It has an emphasis on wrap-around supports.

Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Home Visiting Program

City of Hamilton, Healthy and Safe Communities Department, Public Health Division
110 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 4V3, Canada

Public health nurses and family home visitors provide prevention, early intervention, and prenatal support to at-risk families.  Focus is on healthy child development and parenting skills.  Services include:

  • Prenatal support
  • Fostering parent-child connection
  • Promoting child’s growth and development
  • Connecting parent with community resources
  • Discuss breastfeeding, infant nutrition, and healthy eating
  • Mental health support for postpartum depression or anxiety

Home Management Program

City of Hamilton, Healthy and Safe Communities Department, Social Services Division
905-546-3095, 905-546-4804,
28 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A1, Canada

Offers practical instruction and coaching programs to individuals, families, and groups to help promote healthy and independent living. Programs are designed to meet the unique needs of each client and group with the goal of developing skills in areas such as:

  • parenting
  • budgeting
  • coping with housing issues
  • household management and routines
  • basic nutrition, menu planning and meal preparation
  • goal setting and problem-solving
  • time management
  • stress management
  • developing self-esteem

Inasmuch House Women’s Shelter Services

Mission Services of Hamilton
905-529-8029, 905-529-8149 ext. 302, 308, 905-529-8600 (Text: 289-212-6399),

An emergency shelter for women and children experiencing domestic abuse, as well as programs for the children of residents.

Services available for residents include:

  • child care
  • legal advocacy
  • referral to other community services
  • safety planning
  • transitional housing support worker

Infant Formula and Diaper Bank

Essential Aid and Family Services
100 Main St E, Hamilton, ON L8N 3W7, Canada

Provides emergency supply of infant formula, baby food, and diapers to families with children aged 0-3 years. Assistance provided up to once every 2 months.

Jared’s Place Legal Support Services

Interval House of Hamilton
905-522-0127, 905-522-7220,
100 Main St E, Suite 205, Hamilton, ON L8N 3W4

Offers legal advocacy support, information, and court accompaniment to women who have experienced family violence. Provides support with navigating legal systems when leaving an abusive relationship, including family, criminal, immigration, and child welfare issues.

Ladies Auxiliary, Royal Canadian Legion

Royal Canadian Legion
435 Limeridge Rd E, Hamilton, ON L9A 2S8, Canada
79 Hamilton St N, Waterdown, ON L0R 2H0, Canada

Women’s group that supports the Legion and its members, as well as community groups. Also engages in social activities such as luncheons, euchre tournaments, and more.

Contact local Legion Branch for more information.

Low Income Support Infant Nutrition

Essential Aid and Family Services
289-799-9514 ext. 3,
100 Main St E, Hamilton, ON L8N 3W7, Canada

A monthly support program that provides infant formula and baby food for low income families with infants under the age of 12 months. By appointment only. 

Lynwood Charlton Guiding Partnerships and Solutions Programs

Lynwood Charlton Centre
526 Upper Paradise Rd, Hamilton, ON L9C 5E3, Canada

Provides a variety of services to help youth and families with mental health issues, behavioural challenges, or other complex needs, including those with a dual diagnosis.

Support is provided in-home, school, and/or within the community.

Maternity Centre of Hamilton Services

McMaster Family Health Team
905-528-5553, 905-528-9178
100 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 1H6, Canada
100 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 1H6, Canada

Provides comprehensive and accessible maternity care using a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach. Women attend the clinic for prenatal visits and attend St Joseph’s Hospital for delivery by Maternity Centre doctors on call. Also offers support and care in the first six weeks after your baby is born. Services include:

  • Breastfeeding program
  • My Baby and Me Passport
  • Social Worker support

New Choices Program

Salvation Army Ontario Division
431 Whitney Ave, Hamilton, ON L8S 2H6, Canada

A community day treatment program  for women who are pregnant or mothering young children and have substance addictions. Women attend once a week with their children. Provides the opportunity to access addiction and parenting services based on individual needs. Childcare is available for participants while they are at the program. 

Newcomer Mothers Support Program

YWCA Hamilton
289-260-6064, 905-522-9922 ext. 118,
75 MacNab St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1, Canada

Provides support for newcomers who are pregnant or with a newborn child.  Services include:

  • social networking
  • child care support
  • referrals to local services

This program operates in partnership with JOIN Immigration and Settlement Program and is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. 

Nurse-Family Partnership Program

City of Hamilton, Healthy and Safe Communities Department, Public Health Division
110 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 4V3, Canada

An intensive, evidence-based prenatal and infancy home visitation program for young, first time parents. This voluntary, free service is provided by public health nurses, beginning early in pregnancy (before 28 weeks gestation), and continuing until the child’s second birthday. Goals include improving pregnancy outcomes, improving child health and development, and improving parents’ self-sufficiency. Nurses provide support and education on health, child development, parenting issues, life goals and access to community resources. 

Public health nurses are available to visit agencies and organizations, to further explain the program and the referral process.

Phoenix Place Domestic Violence Support

YWCA Hamilton
905-527-2238 (Transitional Housing Support Worker),

Provides support for women and their children who are experiencing domestic violence. Offered at a confidential location for up to one year. Services include:

  • supportive housing
  • counseling
  • client advocacy
  • safety planning
  • help navigating other community resources

Regina’s Place Services

Good Shepherd Centres
320 Tragina Ave N, Hamilton, ON L8H 5E3, Canada

Provides 15 furnished transitional housing apartments and support to young mothers with on-site programming and support staff. Offers supportive programs to those in the transitional housing. 

Programs include:

  • Cooking/community gardening
  • Health & nutrition
  • Infant bonding and attachment
  • Child development
  • Budgeting
  • Pre-employment counselling
  • Problem solving
  • Public health support
  • LEAP (Learning, Earning and Parenting)
  • Mental health and addiction support

School For Mothers, Jeanne Scott Parent & Child Resource Centre

Good Shepherd Centres
905-549-2090, 905-549-4276,
1475 Barton St E, Hamilton, ON L8H 2X1, Canada

Provides young mothers in the east end of Hamilton the opportunity to attend high school in an alternative education setting with on-site child care for their children.

Social Club, Red Hat Society

Red Hat Society

A social club for women from all walks of life, promoting fun and friendship with like-minded women. Women over the age of 50 wear Red Hats and purple clothing, while women under 50 wear Pink Hats and lavender clothing. 

Soroptimist Clubs in Hamilton

Soroptimist International
. (Contact info varies by location), 1-215-893-9000 (Soroptimist International),
1655 Barton St E, Hamilton, ON L8H 7R3, Canada
1579 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 1E6, Canada

A service club whose purpose is to aid and encourage the development of women. The goal of the organization’s activities are to connect women with entrepreneurial spirits who are passionate about improving the lives of women and girls through education opportunities.

Stacey’s Place Youth Food Bank and Rock Shop

Living Rock Ministries
905-526-8723, 905-528-7625 ext. 259,
30 Wilson St, Hamilton, ON L8R 1C5, Canada

Emergency services and grocery support for youth in the Hamilton community. Provides food, clothing, hospital care packages, baby products and hygiene items. Also offers nutrition and budgeting programs as well as referrals to Living Rock’s Wellness Works Coordinator.

Youth can also trade in “Rock Bucks” earned through the Living Rock educational programs to “purchase” household items or clothing.

Strategic Training and Employment Program for Youth

YWCA Hamilton
365-599-9235, 365-659-4026,
75 MacNab St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1, Canada

Offers training opportunities and employment support for young women and non-binary youth.  

Services include:

  • Up to 6 weeks of one-to-one job preparation support
  • Up to 14 weeks paid job placement
  • Additional supports for retaining employment
  • Occupational Therapy support as required

  • Certifications may include: 

  • Life Skills
  • Employability Skills
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Health and Safety
  • Smart Serve
  • Safe Food Handling

This program also offers electrical and general machinist apprenticeships, in partnership with Niagara College. 

Uplift Program

YWCA Hamilton
905-522-9922 (YWCA Hamilton),
75 MacNab St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1, Canada

Provides women and non-binary people with the opportunity to reskill or upskill in advanced manufacturing or data science through certification training and additional supports related to navigating non-traditional workplaces and job development. All training expenses are covered by FedDev Ontario, and paid by YWCA Hamilton.

Violence Against Women Emergency Shelter

Native Women’s Centre
1-888-308-6559, 905-664-1114,

A 15 bed emergency shelter, designed for women and their children, fleeing from domestic violence, dangerous situations, or experiencing homelessness. Assistance is provided for all women regardless of age, ancestry, culture, place of origin, sexual orientation, with or without children who are experiencing crisis in their lives. 

Services offered include group programs, women’s abuse education program, referrals, assistance in finding safe and suitable housing, and traditional healing methods. Service is available for a time up to and including six weeks. All residents will receive meals, personal hygiene items, safety planning and assistance with plans of care.

Welcome Baby Prenatal Nutrition Program

City of Hamilton, Healthy and Safe Communities Department, Public Health Division
876 Cannon St E, Hamilton, ON L8L 8C1, Canada
150 Violet Dr, Hamilton, ON L8E 6B4, Canada
438 Hughson St N, Hamilton, ON L8L 4N5, Canada
310 Limeridge Rd W, Hamilton, ON L9C 2V2, Canada
320 Brigade Dr, Hamilton, ON L9B 2E3, Canada
79 James St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 2Z1, Canada

Free weekly groups for pregnant individuals. Discussions with a Registered Nurse and Registered Dietitian include pregnancy, labour and birth, managing stress, eating well and cooking healthy food, breastfeeding, and community supports. Grocery gift cards, multivitamin gift cards, and bus tickets are provided as needed.

Willow’s Place Women’s Drop-In Centre

Mission Services of Hamilton
905-528-5100 ext. 1200, 905-528-9670,
196 Wentworth St N, Hamilton, ON L8L 5V7, Canada

Drop-in centre providing a space for women to receive compassionate care in a way that creates opportunities to build on their strengths. Access to laundry, shower facilities, a safe place to rest, meals, and harm reduction supplies, as well as art, games, and other social activities. 

Womankind Addiction Service

Shelter Health Network
905 528-7255, 905-521-9591 ext. 234 (Supportive Housing), 905-521-9591 ext. 237 (Treatment), 905-521-9591 ext. 240 (Aftercare), 905-545-9100 (24/7 Withdrawal Management/Telephone Support),
431 Whitney Ave, Hamilton, ON L8S 2H6, Canada

Provides non-medical residential withdrawal management, 24-hour telephone crisis support, early treatment groups, a taking steps group, day and residential treatment, and aftercare for women with substance use issues.  Part of the Shelter Health Network, Womankind Addiction Service was created in the amalgamation of Hamilton Women’s Detox Centre and Mary Ellis House.   

Women’s Art Association of Hamilton

270 Sherman Ave N, Hamilton, ON L8L 6N4, Canada

Offers a variety of services to promote women artists in Hamilton. 

Services include:

  • venue space for women artists
  • art related events, meetings, and social events
  • workshops and guest speakers
  • scholarships and art education programs

Women’s Harm Reduction Drop-In

AIDS Network
289-439-9565 (Call or text), 905-528-0854 ext. 242 (Office)
140 King St E, Suite 101, Hamilton, ON L8N 1B2, Canada

A monthly support group for women and adult female identifying individuals.  Helps build connections through conversation, education, harm reduction and HIV/STI Testing. 

Women’s Transitional Living

YWCA Hamilton
905-522-9922 ext. 114 (Women’s Advocate),
75 MacNab St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1, Canada

A 65-bed residence providing safe, affordable and temporary housing to women experiencing poverty, homelessness and violence.

Services include:

  • health and wellness opportunities
  • employment assistance
  • life skills training
  • individualized case management
  • one-on-one support
  • client advocacy

Young and Expecting Parent Program

Hamilton Wentworth District School Board
1715 Main St E, Hamilton, ON L8H 1E3, Canada

Offers young parents an opportunity to earn secondary school credits for learning and demonstrating effective parenting practices.  The curriculum is developed to support hands-on, experiential based learning.  The parents bring their infants to the classroom every day.  The classroom is set up to meet the needs of the parent’s learning and the infant’s care. 

Students work with a Secondary School teacher to earn credits and receive hands on parenting support from an Early Childhood Educator.  Students have the opportunity to learn alongside other young parents and connect with a variety of community resources such as the Ontario Early Years Centres.

YWCA Hamilton Good Beginnings

YWCA Hamilton
905-522-1870, 905-522-9922 ext. 310,
75 MacNab St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1, Canada

Provides free in-home support for mothers with babies under 6 months of age, feeling overwhelmed or who are at risk of postpartum depression.  Weekly visits from a trained volunteer provide practical support, social interaction and time for self-care.

YWCA Hamilton Pre-Apprenticeship Program

YWCA Hamilton
75 MacNab St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1, Canada

Offers support for women to help secure employment in the skilled trades industry.  Provides participants with technical training and job coaching with specific regard to machinist and electrical work. 

Successful participants will receive:

  • Job readiness training
  • Up to 16 weeks of in-school training
  • 8-week work placement

YWCA Hamilton Women of Distinction Awards

YWCA Hamilton
905-522-9922 ext. 171,
75 MacNab St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 3C1, Canada

The awards recognize outstanding women and organizations who are committed to the development of other women and to the overall improvement of the community.

The awards seek to recognize women who have:

  • been a role model and inspired others through leadership
  • broken new ground or old barriers, and been an agent for change
  • participated actively as a volunteer
  • made an impact in chosen field of endeavor 
  • assisted others to be successful in their achievements
  • inspired and encouraged women to take part in shaping the future of their own lives and their communities
  • been innovative in the way that they approach challenges facing women and the wider community