More than 46,000 Australian women experience homelessness every night without safe or secure housing. And we know the largest causes of homelessness in Australia are domestic violence and family violence, which overwhelmingly affects women and children. Eleven years ago, The Big Issue saw an urgent need to expand our social enterprises and provide safe, female-friendly employment opportunities to women.
The Women’s Subscription Enterprise was established in 2010 to meet this need and began by providing employment opportunities to women experiencing marginalisation and disadvantage through packing and sending subscription copies of The Big Issue magazine.
Women are employed by The Big Issue to pack magazines for distribution to subscribers every fortnight, giving them an income as well as access to training, mentoring and support.
This enterprise exists as part of our Women’s Workforce program, with many women employed to work across both subscription and procurement categories.
The Women’s Subscription Enterprise was launched in 2010 and operates in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. More than 180 women have been employed to pack more than 700,000 magazines for subscribers.
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