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

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