International Women’s Day #IWD2019 celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a need to accelerate gender balance. This year’s theme, #balanceforbetter, calls to action driving gender balance across the world.

At Changing Lives we understand that gender plays a key part in inequality which is why we provide gender specific services that focus on issues which mainly affect women, including domestic abuse, sexual exploitation and support for women in the Criminal Justice System.

We have an in-depth understanding of trauma and a focus on recovery, resilience and community integration and with 25 projects across the country, last year we helped 8,782 women.

We are championing the #balanceforbetter campaign. Over the next year we will provide continuous collective action, both with the people we support and within our organisation.

Our recent gender pay gap report shows that our workforce is made up of a larger proportion of females, that we pay equally and fairly, and over 60% of senior roles are held by women.

We will continue to deliver high quality services that reach out to women who often struggle to access mainstream services. Our Returners Fund project supports women with multiple complex needs to get back into employment or training.  We deliver support to those affected by domestic abuse, through specialist accommodation, therapeutic programmes and multiagency working.  We continue to lead on services supporting women who experience selling sex or sexual exploitation through our various projects, Amber, IRIS, Red Umbrella and GAP. We are also doing more to support women who are released from custody to ensure a successful transition through our various services in the North East and Midlands.

We aim to support as many women as possible over the next year to help them achieve their goals and today, on International Women’s Day, we celebrate them and all those who help us deliver our innovative services. Thank you!

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