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

Our Mission

This is the way forward for you as a woman and for all women together

Our mission is to reach out to all women, and for all women, to enhance their role in their own lives, in their local communities, in business and in the wider world.

We will work with women from diverse communities, delivering a broad range of services that will inspire and enable them to become economically active and personally fulfilled, including:

  • Personal development – promoting self-confidence and self reliance, community participation, health and wellbeing, and social skills.
  • Education – providing training and education to enhance economic and social status, develop leadership skills and improve employment prospects.
  • Business support –assisting the development of new business ventures, supporting existing businesses to be sustainable and to grow and providing a range of business services including business incubation, office and meeting spaces and specific technical support

We will also work with governments, international organisations, policy makers and communities large and small, to promote women’s issues by:

  • Delivering knowledge – from both our own practice based work and the research of other leading experts in the field.
  • Changing perceptions – by raising awareness amongst decision makers about the scale of problems facing women in today’s economy
  • Influencing policy – by campaigning for women’s interests and advocating change at the highest levels.

As part of this mission, we have successfully delivered a significant number of substantial UK and EU programmes and we are now the first choice partner for many government and European initiatives. We also work with a range of trust funds, philanthropic organisations and private business as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility programmes, to deliver positive change for women from all walks of life.

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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