Fawcett is the UK’s leading charity campaigning for gender equality and women’s rights. We have a proud history that we can trace back to the campaign for women’s votes.
Today we are the UK’s largest independent membership organisation with a dedicated focus on advancing women’s equality and rights in modern Britain. We boast a large national member base as well as a formidable network of supporters and allies within academia, politics, the media, business and the professions.
- Every woman has a right to be treated with respect and dignity and be valued for who she is
- Today’s political, economic and social structures were designed principally by and for men; women should have the power to redress that state of affairs
- Change that improves women’s lives today also creates a legacy for future generations, freeing both women and men from the limitations of traditional gender roles and expectations
- The gender you are should not limit the life chances you have
We use independent research and evidence to report on key issues to both increase awareness and campaign for practical solutions to the everyday challenges that women face. We give voice to their concerns, needs and interests at the very highest levels and across political doctrine.
We work closely with our supporters through online networks, local activities and more. This means individuals around the country can get involved and take our projects to local communities.
Why we are here
We believe that as a society we will be stronger, healthier and happier when all people, women and men, enjoy full equality and respect.
While there is much to be celebrated in women’s lives today, the UK’s record on women’s rights is still poor. Women and girls are exposed to inequality, discrimination and harassment, and face significant barriers to achieving their full potential.
Women still face a large gender pay gap, limited access to flexible working, high risk of poverty, high rates of maternity-based discrimination and low rates of rape conviction. In the media what women look like is still treated as far more important than what we say.
The evidence is clear that a healthy economy needs women’s contribution and talent:
— our top tables of power make better decisions for us all when women have at least a 30% presence
— a better work/life balance for parents is not just an investment in children but in a more productive workplace
— violence against women costs both lives and £40 billion each year
— our media and culture are healthier when populated by real and respected women
As we approach our 150th anniversary, Fawcett continues to have an unrivalled influence on those in power, campaigning across the political spectrum to ensure that women are empowered to shape their own lives at home, in work and in public life.