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

Our History

The Women’s Organisation Ltd formerly known as Train 2000 Ltd was established in 1996 as a not for profit company, in order to campaign and advocate on issues affecting women’s lives and in particular women  experiencing multiple social and economic disadvantage.

Since then we have helped over 50,000 women, assisted in the creation of thousands of new businesses and jobs and enabled women from the disadvantaged communities to start their journey to improved personal economic and social wellbeing. The Board of Directors led a rebranded and restructuring process in 2008 and established The Women’s Organisation as a charity incorporating a wholly owned trading social enterprise arm. Building on a local successful track record in the development and delivery of innovative services for women, The Women’s Organisation is now recognised nationally and globally for its effective campaigning, advocacy, research, social and economic empowerment programmes. We are the largest dedicated developer and implementer of enterprise, employability and economic development support programmes targeting women in the UK. Our service portfolio has received local, national and EU recognition and awards for innovation and impact the organisation currently delivers services locally in Merseyside and Greater Manchester and is also undertaking national and international project work working with  a range of public, private and third sector partners across Europe, Africa, USA, Canada, New Zealand, and China. We have developed significantly since 1996 but the vision that originally inspired us, and the mission that we undertake every day to deliver that vision, remains the same.

We believe that when one woman is empowered we are all empowered; building momentum that will carry us all forward towards equality and economic and social success.

The Women’s Organisation work with women from diverse communities and backgrounds enabling, assisting and empowering them to;

  • Develop their personal resiliance
  • Participate fully in community life
  • Improve their health and social welling  
  • Develop their skills and knowledge
  • Participate in learning, training and education opportunities which will improve their economic and social well being
  • Become economic active and independent through accessing employment, self-employment, social enterprise and volunteering opportunities
  • Become role models for their families and communities
  • Develop their leadership skills and aspirations 

Our work which has been independently evaluated by the Government departments including the Business Innovation and Skills, Communities Local Government, Liverpool Vision, European Commission, Liverpool University and through our Social Accounting process, all of which identified the need for, and the impact of, gender specific; accessible and flexible services for women. Our key added value element is that we reach and deliver to the profile of individuals who do not access, use or benefit from traditional mainstream support. We monitor our service take up closely to ensure that we are reaching the most disadvantaged clients in communities and our target groups. The following sample profile relates to our overall service reach and targeting:

Reaching and Delivering Services - Beneficiary Profile

  • 100% female
  • 55% employed
  • 45% economically inactive
  • 27% lone parents
  • 6% disabled
  • 21% BME women
  • 22% experiencing mental ill health and distress


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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