Our Work: Womens Health & Equality Consortium

The Women’s Health and Equality Consortium (WHEC) was a partnership of women’s charity organisations, all of who share common goals of health and equality for girls and women. By pooling our expertise, information and resources as WHEC, we spoke with one voice and more strongly influenced decision-makers and government, making sure policy reflected the real needs of girls and women. We are an agency that works to improve the sustainability of the women and girls health and social care sector and strengthen their capacity to engage with the health and social care systems.

Although this project has ended, we are still committed to reducing women and girls health inequalities by building the capacity of their own women’s organisations and thereby strengthening the voice of women at a national and local level.

Who are WHEC?

WHEC was set up in September 2008 as a Strategic Partner of the Department of Health in response to its request to engage directly with the Voluntary and Community Sector.

The consortium consisted of:

Women’s Resource Centre supports women’s organisations to be more effective and sustainable and provides training and resources.

Positively UK provides support for women living with HIV by women living with HIV.

Maternity Action works to end inequality and promote the health and well-being of all pregnant women, new mothers and their families.

FORWARD UK is committed to eliminating gender-based violence against African girls and women, particularly female genital mutilation and child and forced marriage.

Rape Crisis (England and Wales) provides specialist services for women and girls that have been raped or experienced another form of sexual violence.

Imkaan is the national Black, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BMER) charity dedicated to addressing violence against women and girls. As a second-tier membership organisation, Imkaan represents the expertise and perspectives of front line BMER women’s services that work to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls.

WHEC influences the policy and practice that impacts on women’s lives and makes sure the voice of women and girls is an essential part of the health agenda. We provide information and capacity support for the women’s sector and influence government both at national and local level. Our members provide information and expertise that enables WHEC to ensure the diverse voices of women and girls can be heard by Government and inform its decisions around health.

Please visit the WHEC website to learn more about WHEC’s role as a strategic partner and to access WHEC’s publications Please click here for further information