When a woman is empowered, women are empowered. Each new achievement reinforces us all.

Women's Advancement

We actively promote women’s empowerment and advancement through a number of key measures and actions working sometimes individually and sometimes collectively with Government departments, public sector bodies, small and corporate businesses and other social economy organisations. Our empowerment and advancement work includes;

  • Strategy research and development on economic and educational empowerment
  • Empowering women economically and improving their livelihood security through development and implementation of gender sensitive enterprise, education and employment measures
  • Expand appropriate financial services, products and access for women
  • Develop women as leaders in civil society, business and employment
  • Actively working with the press and broadcast media to achieve greater gender equality and representation and promoting suitable and relevant female roles models and positive
  • Contributing to and participating in empirically based research
  • Influencing policy at a local, nationally and on a EU wide basis

Collaborative Working with the Small to Medium Size Business and the Corporate Community

The Women’s Organisation have a long track record of collaborative working with the business and corporate community and we value and place emphasis on cross-sector partnering in order to achieve mutual social and business objectives. The Women’s Organisation has developed a number of highly successful strategic and mission-focused cross sector partnerships helping to achieve a number of key outcomes including;

  • Researching, developing and support the implementation of innovative empowerment and advancement strategies
  • Facilitating business organisational transformation through social and entrepreneurial innovation
  • Researching, developing implementing sustainable corporate community investment models
  • Promoting and achieving workforce diversity
  • Enabling supply chain diversity
  • Promoting and enabling small business start- up and social enterprise in deprived communities and with disadvantaged groups
  • Developing financial literacy capacity of women living in deprived circumstances
  • Building capacity within micro enterprises
  • Effective stakeholder engagement
  • Recognising and achieving Social Value and Measuring Social Impact
  • Enhancing brand reputation through social value marketing
  • Developing fit for purpose collaboration Achieving greater community credibility
  • Creating and promoting new networks that deliver social and economic value

Collaborative Working with Public and Social Economy Sector Organisations

The Women’s Organisation works collaboratively with a variety of public sector bodies and Government departments including Local Enterprise Partnership local authorities, Health Trusts, and Higher Education Institutions on a local, national and international basis.

  • Researching, developing and support the implementation of innovative gender sensitive economic development strategies
  • Development, testing and implementation of Public Sector Entrepreneurship models
  • Test and piloting innovative measures and models including Cross Sector Joint Ventures, Social Enterprise, Mutuals and Cooperatives
  • Facilitating business organisational transformation through social and entrepreneurial innovation
  • Providing Prime Contracting, Accountable Body Status and Programme Management, Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Promoting and achieving workforce diversity
  • Enabling supply chain diversity
  • Developing financial literacy capacity of women living in deprived circumstances
  • Building capacity within micro and social enterprises
  • Effective stakeholder engagement
  • Recognising and achieving Social Value and Measuring Social Impact
  • Enhancing brand reputation through social value marketing
More than twice as many men than women are self employed: 14% of men, 6% of women.
source: Fawcett - The changing labour market
Women in full-time work currently earn an average of 15% less per hour than men
source: Fawcett - The changing labour market
"I think you should take your job seriously, but not yourself, that is the best combination"
source: Dame Judi Dench
In 2010, 104 million women in 59 countries started and managed new business ventures
source: GEM 2010 - Women's Report
30,000 women every year lose their jobs as a result of becoming pregnant.
source: GEM 2010 - Women's Report
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any"
source: Alice Walker

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