Women's commission appoints new advisers

Leading figures from the charity sector have been appointed to the beefed-up Women's National Commission.

Harriet Harman, minister for women and equality, yesterday announced the names of 10 new commissioners who will advise the Government on women's issues.
 
The Women's National Commission, which recently benefited from a 30 per cent increase in funding, previously had five commissioners.

The new appointees include Vivienne Hayes, chief executive of the Women's Resource Centre, Juliet Lyons, director of the Prison Reform Trust, and Mary-Ann Stephenson, who re-established the Fawcett Society.

Harman described the commissioners as an "impressive group of uncompromising women" who would "help tackle the big issues facing women, including balancing work with family responsibility, unequal pay, discrimination, under-representation and violence against women".

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