Women's groups shout about their achievements

The Women's Resource Centre is launching the Why Women? campaign to raise awareness of the achievements of women's organisations and the need for more government funding.

The campaign, which is being launched next Thursday, will highlight the fact that only 1.2 per cent of central government funding goes to these groups. This is less than they received in the 1980s, despite the fact that women's groups make up 7 per cent of all registered charities.

Tania Pouwhare, policy co-ordinator at the Women's Resource Centre, an umbrella body for women's organisations, said: "Many women don't realise that if it wasn't for the campaigning efforts of these organisations, they wouldn't be able to vote or set up their own bank accounts.

"A significant number of these organisations, such as the Maternity Alliance and the London Rape Crisis Centre, have closed recently. We want to halt this trend."

As part of the campaign, 170,000 postcards containing information on some of the most notable achievements of women's groups will be distributed in bars, universities and other venues frequented by women.

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