Women's organisations across the sector have united to sign a joint call for women and girls in all their diversity to be visible, heard and have their needs met during the Coronavirus crisis response.

Our statement has over 50 signatures so far, including:

Joint statement

"The Coronavirus pandemic is exceptionally difficult for everyone and is having a huge impact on all our lives. So far, women and girls in the UK have been largely invisible from the debate and excluded from decision-making. Now schools and nurseries have closed their doors it will be women who take on most of the unpaid care work, reducing their hours or giving up paid work, turning the clock back on gender equality. Many women are on the frontline, delivering essential services, usually the lowest paid or in insecure work. Many women will be trapped in their homes, self-isolating with an abusive partner. It's women who are also more likely to care for older or disabled relatives and neighbours. Yet hundreds of billions of pounds of taxpayers' money is being spent without considering the specific challenges women are facing. ​Women and girls in all their diversity must be seen, have their voices heard and their needs met."

Full list of signatories:

  1. Adina Claire - Acting Co-Chief Executive, Women's Aid Federation of England
  2. Adrienne Darragh - Chief Executive, Hibiscus Initiatives
  3. Angela Everson - CEO, WomenCentre
  4. Anna Herrmann - Joint Artistic Director, Clean Break
  5. Anne Mc Vicker - Director, Women’s Resource & Development Agency-WRDA
  6. Anthea Sully - Chief Executive, White Ribbon UK
  7. Baljit Banga - Executive Director, Imkaan
  8. Caroline Criado Perez - award-winning writer and campaigner
  9. Catherine Fookes - Director, Women’s Equality Network (WEN) Wales
  10. Cerys Furlong - Chief Executive, Chwarae Teg
  11. Clare Murphy - Director of External Affairs, British Pregnancy Advisory Service
  12. Faeeza Vaid MBE - Executive Director, Muslim Women’s Network UK
  13. Fiona Dwyer - Chief Executive, Solace Women's Aid
  14. Gabriela Quevedo - Director, Latin American Women’s Aid (LAWA)
  15. Gen Milvain - Manager, Gateway Women's Centre
  16. Gisela Valle - Director, Latin American Women’s Rights Service
  17. Hannah Shead - Chief Executive Office, Trevi House
  18. Harriet Wistrich - Director, Centre for Women’s Justice
  19. Helen Pankhurst - Convenor, Centenary Action Group
  20. Helen Wollaston - Chief Executive, WISE
  21. Hera Hussain - Founder, CHAYN
  22. Iman Atta - Director, Tell MAMA
  23. Iman Atta - Director, Faith Matters
  24. Jane van Zyl - Chief Executive, Working Families
  25. Jemima Olchawski - Chief Executive, Agenda
  26. Jo Todd - Chief Executive, Respect UK
  27. Joeli Brearley, - Founder, Pregnant Then Screwed
  28. Julie Budge - Founder / CEO, My Sisters' House C.I.O
  29. Kate Metcalf - Co-Director, Women's Environment Network
  30. Dr. Kate Paradine - Chief Executive, Women in Prison
  31. Laura Seebohm - Executive Director, Changing Lives
  32. Laurie Lee - CEO, CARE International UK
  33. Lee Chalmers - Founder, Director, The Parliament Project
  34. Lesley Abdela - Expert on women's rights and political participation
  35. Lisa Dando FRSA - Director, Brighton Women's Centre
  36. Lisa-Marie Taylor - CEO, FiLiA
  37. Maggie Parks OBE - Chief Executive, The Women’s Centre Cornwall
  38. Mandu Reid - Leader, Women’s Equality Party
  39. Dr. Mary-Ann Stephenson - Director, UK Women’s Budget Group
  40. Matt Home - Director, Willowdene Rehabilitation
  41. Natasha Walter and Marchu Girma - Directors, Women for Refugee Women
  42. Dr. Nicola Sharp-Jeffs - CEO, Surviving Economic Abuse (SEA)
  43. Niki Scordi - Chief Executive, Advance Charity
  44. Nikki Guy - Centre Manager, Stockport Women’s Centre
  45. Paul Carbury - CEO, Smallwood Trust
  46. Pip Eldridge - Interim Director, TIME’S UP UK
  47. Pragna Patel - Director, Southall Black Sisters
  48. Professor Sophie Harman - Queen Mary University of London
  49. Rokaiya Khan - CEO, Together Women
  50. Rosalind Bragg - Director, Maternity Action UK
  51. Rose Caldwell - CEO, Plan International UK
  52. Sam Smethers - Chief Executive, The Fawcett Society
  53. Sarah Tomlin - Equal Power Coordinator, 50:50 Parliament
  54. Seyi Newell - Director of External Affairs, ROSA
  55. Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu - Lawyer, Political & Women's Rights Activist
  56. Sneh Jani-Patel & Olivia Head - Co-Founders, Bread and Roses
  57. Sophia Benedict - Women's Services Manager, Southwark and Lewisham Women's Hubs, Pecan
  58. Sophie Walker - Chief Executive, Young Women's Trust
  59. Stacy Smith - Chief Executive Officer, Her Centre
  60. Suzanne Jacob - CEO, SafeLives
  61. Vanessa Pine - Co-Founder, Activate Collective



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