How are we supporting women in the UK?

Introduction

In the run up to International Women’s Day this Sunday, we’ll be attending the Women of the World Festival at the Southbank centre in London to hear, talk to, and meet some of the people who are doing amazing things to improve life for women in the UK. 

In the last three years we’ve made 47 grants, spending over £4m, on a range of work which aims to make women’s lives better. We have funded large and small projects throughout the UK, and across our sectors (artschildren and young peopleenvironment and social change). Our funding is about more than tackling violence against women, though the reality is that 85% of the £4m has had some element of work on that.


What are we funding?

Our grants include:

Nottingham Contemporary -  raising the voices and aspirations of local women through contemporary art.

UK Feminista - Developing a young people project for 14 - 18 year olds, raising awareness of gender inequality, stereotyping and the need for activism; teaching campaign skills and providing online resources to help young people take action.

University of Bedfordshire - The MsUnderstood Partnership seeks to develop gendered language, policy and service responses to violence in the lives of young people.

Women for Refugee Women - Supporting female asylum seekers to speak about their experiences, and lobbying for policy change.

Female Genital Mutilation Initiative - Community work to raise awareness and support girls and women who are at risk of or have undergone FGM - a collaboration with Trust for London , Rosa : the UK Fund for Women and Girls and Comic Relief.

Women in Secure Hospitals - working to improve mental health services for women and share best practice.

You can search our grants hereAnd come and talk to us at the WOW Festival!