The chief executive of the Women’s Resource Centre, Vivienne Hayes, has been recognised in the King’s Birthday Honours List published at the weekend. The King's Birthday Honours mark the “extraordinary contributions and service of people across the UK”. People who have made achievements in public life and committed themselves to serving and helping the UK.

Vivienne Hayes, CEO of Women’s Resource Centre for almost twenty years, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Social Justice.

This year, 1,077 people received honours, with indications showing 47% of them women.

Vivienne Hayes OBE shared this message following the announcement: “This is for my mum—who would be bursting with pride and telling absolutely everybody—because I’d be nothing without her.

"Thanks to whoever nominated me for putting in the time and effort. It is greatly appreciated.

"Receiving this recognition comes with a conflict because of the ‘E’ in OBE. The word ‘Empire’ is an anathema to me. I’ve not told some of my closest friends because they oppose the honours system for that reason. But in the true sense of sisterhood, they celebrate me—and I them—in other ways.

"It is the ‘social justice’ that resonates so profoundly with me. It reveals the persistent and pernicious, enduring and deadly inequality that so many of us continue to stand against. Our resistance is needed more than ever to achieve social transformation and justice. This accolade isn't just mine but a testament to the countless women who have suffered, struggled and died as a result of institutional and systemic sexist and racist violence.

"In their memory, I pledge to continue working alongside my sisters in the struggle. Together, we will not only honour their legacy but persist in resistance. As Audre Lorde said, ‘Women are powerful and dangerous.’ Lets continue to resist in unity because together, we can use our power to change the world.”