Women's Resource Centre

Aug 20

Is Rihanna sanctioning domestic violence?

Campaigners against domestic violence condemn Rihanna for sending ‘dangerous message’ after she shows compassion for the rapper Chris Brown who abused her. In a recent interview with Oprah Winfrey, Rihanna insisted the rapper “made a mistake” and “needed help” when he assaulted her in 2009. 

Our CEO Vivienne Hayes comments in the Independent:

"It is common for victims to blame themselves for violence perpetrated by their male partners. Whatever the nature of the argument, Brown chose to beat her up. He has to accept responsibility for that choice. And we need to stop society allowing us to normalise such behaviour."

Aug 08

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Jul 12

Volunteering at the Women’s Resource Centre

We are currently recruiting for two intern opportunities at WRC:

If you are interested in either of these roles please send your CV and an expression of interest to the contact at the bottom of the relevant project brief (above).

The deadline for applications is Friday July 27th 2012.

Please also take a look at the information below for opportunities in other women’s organisations.

Volunteering for other women’s organisations

Many women’s organisations rely on volunteers to support their vital work. If you have time, enthusiasm and skills to offer, you can gain useful and enriching experience in return. All types of women volunteer - from those looking to gain work experience, students on internships, women with specific skills and women who want to give something back to the community.

Need volunteers?

Contact us to add your vacancy to our listing.

Jul 11

Make sure the new Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) prioritise violence against women and girls!

Elections in England and Wales for the new Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) will be held on 15th November.

This new critical role will fund local victims’ services, hold the Chief Constable to account and publish a Police and Crime Plan.

End Violence Against Women, Rape Crisis England and Wales and the Women’s Resource Centre have published a leaflet to help women’s groups ensure that VAWG is a priority.

Please download the flyer here and send it out far and wide!

Jul 09

WRC in support of the campaign to save the Women’s Library

WRC have made a statement in support of the campaign to save the Women’s Library in London:

“WRC supports the campaign to save the Women’s Library in London. We want to see this important historical resource for women maintained and developed as an archive of women’s and feminist history as well as providing a women-only meeting and event space for women and women’s organisations. These spaces are increasingly being removed and marginalised and we must not lose another example of women’s collective action and herstory which can inspire future generations.”

Find out more about the campaign here.

Jul 06

The Unfair Burden on New Mums

A lot of people are having a difficult time in the recession – and pregnant women and new mums are getting a particularly hard time of it.

A whole raft of maternity benefits have been axed or restricted. The Health in Pregnancy Grant, Sure Start Maternity Grant, Child Benefit and Tax Credits are all affected, leaving women with less money at a time when they really need it.

We are hearing more reports of employers unfairly – and unlawfully – forcing women out of their jobs. Before the recession, 30 000 women each year lost their jobs because of pregnancy discrimination and the situation is getting worse.

The Government’s plans for changes to maternity and parental leave risk taking us backwards on gender equality. We are seeking to influence these policies to get the best possible outcomes for parents and their babies.

At the same time, frontline NHS maternity services are being cut.

This has to stop. The Valuing Maternity campaign is calling for Government to champion pregnant women and new mothers, not make life more difficult.

The campaign calls for job security for pregnant women and new mothers, maternity and parental leave that promotes real equality, and services to support a safe and healthy pregnancy.

The Valuing Maternity campaign involves more than a dozen unions, women’s organisations, parents’ groups and advice services. This broad-based engagement reflects widespread concern about the situation of pregnant women and new mothers.

Anyone with an interest in fair treatment of new mums are urged to sign up to the campaign.

Valuing Maternity are collecting women’s stories about their treatment at work. Women can use an interactive tool to rate their employer’s compliance with the law. They want to hear what is happening to maternity services locally.

You can also follow Maternity Action on Twitter and spread the word using the hash tag #valuingmaternity.

Jul 03

Spotlight on Women’s Homelessness: supporting partnership working on women’s homelessness

As part of St Mungo’s Action Week on Women’s Homelessness and to celebrate the launch of their Rebuilding Shattered Lives campaign, Homeless Link, WRC and St Mungo’s held a Spotlight on Women’s Homelessness event on the 20th June.

The event aimed to promote partnership working between women’s and homelessness organisations and to improve knowledge, skills and highlight best practice when supporting homelessness women, many of whom have complex needs.

The event was a fully booked success and featured a variety of speakers including: Shadow Equalities Minister Kate Green MP, staff from the Department for Communities and Local Government and experts from the homelessness and violence against women sectors. Attendees participated in interactive workshops on topics including: sex trafficking and the Olympics, and joint working between domestic violence and substance misuse organisations.

Over the next 18 months, St Mungo’s will be continuing this great work and exploring ways to support homeless women through its Rebuilding Shattered Lives campaign. As part of the campaign they are inviting organisations, front-line workers and especially women themselves, to talk about how best to prevent women’s homelessness and support their recovery. The objective of their campaign is to increase awareness, promote good practice and ultimately achieve policy change. 

Learn more about the Rebuilding Shattered Lives campaign and how you can get involved here.

Find out more about WRC’s future training and events here.

Jun 28

Save the Women’s Library! Public Meeting 6th July

Many of you have heard about the threat of closure faced by The Women’s Library. Many of you (12,000 people to be precise) have signed the petition protesting against London Met’s decision to divest custodianship. Many of you will have read the extensive press coverage generated by the campaign to save The Women’s Library, which demands that its collections remain together, that we keep its heritage-lottery funded building and its expert body of staff.
Join us to discuss what’s going on at The Women’s Library and what you can do to save it!
Public Meeting: 7pm on Friday 6th July at The Rocket, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB (nearest tube Holloway Road)
The meeting will discuss

For more information email savetwl86@gmail.com

Jun 25

UK-wide relay launched to end violence against women and girls

The UK’s National White Ribbon Relay started in Portsmouth on Friday, the 22nd June.

The relay will run until 26 July and will see a baton being passed throughout the UK, aiming to raise awareness around the relationship between violence against women and girls and major sporting events, such as Euro 2012 and the Olympic Games.

Here you can read End Violence Against Women Coalition's review of available research on VAWG and sporting events.


The relay has been organised by the Portsmouth White Ribbon Group together with local frontline service providers, Aurora New Dawn, and national advocacy organisation Standing Together Against Domestic Violence.

Sally Jackson, partnership manager for Standing Together, says:
“This campaign takes the message to the heart of communities around Great Britain and encourages local people to pledge not to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women – that would be a legacy to be proud of!”

Jun 13

Sarah Brown GB: G20 nations - the best and worst ones to be women in! -

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“Policies that promote gender equality, safeguards against violence and exploitation and access to healthcare make Canada the best place to be a woman among the world’s biggest economies, a global poll of experts showed on Wednesday.

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