This award is sponsored by Deloitte
The austerity of the past five years has hit women disproportionately, and the Women’s Resource Centre has responded consistently to this. This membership charity does invaluable work supporting the ever more marginalised women’s sector.
It has developed work to combat violence against women and girls, supporting the work of local refuges and advice centres, some of which have become Cinderella services as a result of cuts in public spending. WRC also maintains steady opposition to sexism, which has become almost casual: even women of older generations can be heard saying that, compared with them, younger women have it easy and should shut up and get on with it.
WRC is regularly asked by the press to comment on a range of subjects: in the past year it received 52 mentions in the media, including an interview on
BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour and an appearance on the London Live TV channel.
It has also led the first-ever London Violence Against Women and Girls Consortium, a partnership of 22 organisations that has won £3m to run prevention projects and support women and girls in London affected by sexual abuse and domestic violence.
WRC’s study, The Impact of Public Spending Cuts on Women’s Voluntary and Community Organisations in London, published last year, concluded that the reduction in government funding had destabilised the women’s sector and had deepened the funding crisis for many women’s organisations in the capital.
The recent report on the UK government’s progress in delivering the aims of the UN bill of women’s rights also voiced concerns, with WRC arguing that women’s rights in the UK are "rolling backwards". WRC’s willingness to speak out won the praise of this year’s nominators.
The charity is held in high regard by its members, with one saying: "WRC is like a big sister for us."
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