The Big Issue Women's Subscription Enterprise provides job opportunities for homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged women through the sale of The Big Issue magazine subscriptions.
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Women are employed by The Big Issue to pack the magazines for distribution to subscribers every fortnight, giving them an income as well as access to training, mentoring and support.
The Women's Subscription Enterprise was launched in 2010 and operates in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.
While The Big Issue magazine already provides employment to hundreds of homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people each year, our vendors are predominantly men. This is because selling magazines on the street is simply not a safe or viable option for many women, including those fleeing domestic violence or caring for children.
We established the Women's Subscription Enterprise to give women work opportunities that didn't rely on selling on the streets. Under the model, there is no pressure on women to make sales. What's more, they work in a women's-only space, providing a safe and secure environment.
The numbers don't lie
46,000 Australian women are homeless every night
40 per cent of homeless people living in shelters are women
The largest single cause of homelessness in Australia is domestic and family violence, which overwhelmingly affects women and children
Subscribe to The Big Issue magazine and help homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged women get back on their feet.