WRC is working closely with women’s sector organisations to discuss the closure of Holloway Prison, the challenges facing the women’s sector and the potential of the site to host a Women’s Building. There is a strong and coherent desire that the opportunity to make meaning of the site as a former women’s prison, as a historic location in the history of women’s rights be embraced. This will help the women’s sector maintain independence and reduce reliance on current funding models, which are precarious and problematic, often leaving staff with little security as project funding tends to run at a maximum of 3 years.
Woman Speak Out
The Women Speak Out project was a digital film project working with women who have experienced inequality, discrimination or marginalisation and who wanted to be filmed so they could tell their stories as part of a series of mini documentaries aimed at giving disadvantaged women a voice. More info
CEDAW is the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women and is an international treaty adopted in 1979 by the United Nations Assembly. Described as an international bill of rights for women, it was instituted on 3 September 1981 and has been ratified by 189 states. More info
Partnership and Development
The Women’s Commissioning Support Unit aims to improve and develop the strategic and delivery capacity of the women’s voluntary sector. WCSU concentrates its work in and around Cambridgeshire, North-East, West-Midlands and Greater Manchester with organisations working on criminal justice, violence against women and girls, women’s health and employment and education. More info
The Why women? campaign was calling upon the government to put gender back on the agenda by acknowledging the systematic disadvantage women face because of their gender and publicly recognising and adequately funding the essential services the women’s sector provides to address this. More info