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Policy Development

We are influencing policy at the highest levels

At The Women’s Organisation, we understand that real change on the ground comes through changes in policy at the very top. So we work tirelessly to influence those policies to ensure that our leaders and decision makers take account of women’s issues and women’s economic development.

Our expert representatives actively participate in policy consultations, think tanks, conferences and seminars to get our case across. Our unrivalled expertise, our international reputation and our sheer tenacity earn us a seat at the table of local, national and international organisations, so that we can make sure that women get the voice that they deserve.

Where we feel that our input would be relevant, but we have not been invited to contribute directly, we actively lobby to raise awareness and highlight the key issues, to make sure that our point of view and our priorities are not ignored.

The Women’s Organisation influences policy development in a number of ways, including:

  • Providing leadership and vision to policy makers
  • Providing robust research evidence to back up our case
  • Building strategic partnerships to raise awareness
  • Sharing the success stories of women’s enterprise
  • Pushing to raise the standard of services for women
  • Highlighting the challenges and solutions to women’s economic and personal fulfillment 
More than twice as many men than women are self employed: 14% of men, 6% of women.
source: Fawcett - The changing labour market
Women in full-time work currently earn an average of 15% less per hour than men
source: Fawcett - The changing labour market
"I think you should take your job seriously, but not yourself, that is the best combination"
source: Dame Judi Dench
In 2010, 104 million women in 59 countries started and managed new business ventures
source: GEM 2010 - Women's Report
30,000 women every year lose their jobs as a result of becoming pregnant.
source: GEM 2010 - Women's Report
"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any"
source: Alice Walker


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