Income lags behind for women's charities

Women's Resource Centre reports modest increase

The combined income of women's voluntary organisations is growing at a slower rate than that of the wider charity sector, according to research by the Women's Resource Centre.

WRC, which helps women's charities become more effective and sustainable, found that income across 1,348 registered women's charities increased by an average of 5.5 per cent a year between 2004 and 2007. The comparable figure for the rest of the charity sector was 9.4 per cent.

Tanya Pouwhare, head of policy at the WRC, said: "Funding women's organisations is considered a low priority because people assume other charities can provide the same support."

The figures in the report, Not Just Bread, But Roses Too, excluded the income of 6,800 branches of the Women's Institute and 1,000 girlguiding groups on the grounds that they might skew the results.

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