This is by no means an exhaustive list of interesting women’s/gender organisations, so if you think something’s missing, just get in touch and it’ll get put on the website as soon as possible.
Certain organisations are marked with a * star *: we want to draw your attention to these because you’re less likely to hear about them in the mainstream, but their work is crucial.
- In Cambridge
- Student Politics
- Reproductive Rights
- Body Image/Eating Disorders
- Women in the Sciences
- International Women
- Liberation Campaigns
(Not an exhaustive list!)
Cambridge University Students’ Union Women’s Campaign
You’re here! We aim to support the activities of Women’s Officers, societies and student activists in taking action on women’s rights. We also campaign on gender equality in Cambridge and in education.
The Women’s Union zine and (*NEW*) blog-o-sphere! Got something to say about gender? Say it. Here.
Cambridge Graduate Women’s Network
The Graduate Women’s Network enhances the Cambridge experience of hundreds of women every year with termly relaxed speaker events. The GWN provides opportunity for building links with a diverse group of women and to hear from inspirational women who have excelled in their chosen fields. Find out more here.
Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre http://www.cambridgerapecrisis.co.uk/
The Centre provides support to women who have survived sexual violence through a phone line service. We are always looking for more women to get involved as volunteers on the phone line (training provided) or on the steering committee, get in touch with contact [at] cambridgerapecrisis.co.uk to find out more.
(the major players)
The Fawcett Society http://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk
Fawcett is the UK’s leading campaign for equality between women and men. Where there’s an inequality gap between women and men we’re working to close it.
Equality and Human Rights Commission http://www.cehr.org.uk
The Equality and Human Rights Commission champions equality and human rights for all, working to eliminate discrimination, reduce inequality, protect human rights and to build good relations, ensuring that everyone has a fair chance to participate in society.
The Women’s National Commission http://www.thewnc.org.uk
The Women’s National Commission is the official and independent advisory body giving the views of women to the government of the United Kingdom. It is an umbrella organisation representing women and women’s organisations in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to ensure women’s views are taken into account by the government and are heard in public debate.
The Women and Equality Unit, Department of Trade and Industry http://www.womenandequalityunit.gov.uk
The Government Equalities Office is a new self-standing Department, whose mission is to put equality at the heart of Government.
Engender works to make Scotland a fairer, safer place where women can flourish and contribute to both the social and market economies with dignity, freedom and justice.
YWCA England/Wales: http://www.ywca-gb.org.uk Scotland: http://www.ywcascotland.org
YWCA offers programmes to girls and young women aged 11 to 30. From the safety of women-only centres we offer support, information and the opportunity to learn new things. We help them to challenge violence or abuse and improve their health and self-esteem.
Rights of Women http://www.rightsofwomen.org.uk
Rights of Women works to attain justice and equality by informing, educating and empowering women on their legal rights.
NUS Women’s Campaign http://www.officeronline.co.uk/women/
The National Union of Students’ Women’s Campaign, headed by the National Women’s Officer, coordinates nation-wide campaigns, ensures that women’s needs are addressed in NUS work, and supports University Women’s Officer. More here.
Abortion Rights UK http://www.abortionrights.org.uk/
Abortion Rights is the national pro-choice campaign. We are campaigning to defend and extend women’s rights and access to safe, legal abortion.
BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service) http://www.bpas.org/
BPAS is the leading provider of abortion services in the UK, with a national network of consultation centres and clinics.
BEAT: Beat Eating Disorders http://www.b-eat.co.uk/
beat is the leading UK charity for people with eating disorders and their families. beat provides helplines for adults and young people, online support and a UK-wide network of self-help groups to help people beat their eating disorder.
Object: Challenging Objectification http://www.object.org.uk/
Object challenges ‘Sex Object Culture’ – the objectification of women, particularly the normalising of the porn and sex industries, through lad’s mags or lap dancing.
We are concerned by the harmful attitudes this promotes about women’s status and value and about women’s – and men’s – sexual identity.
We campaign, lobby and provide a resource of information. This section highlights just some of our work.
A Cambridge University Initiative for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) was established in March 1999, a development of the Secretary General’s Women in Science Group set up in 1993, to consider strategies for increasing the representation of women in science in the University.
AWISE Cambridge http://www.camawise.org.uk/
Helping retain and enhance the participation of women in science, engineering and technology fields in both industry and academia.
women@CL provides local, national and international activities for women engaged in computing research and academic leadership.
Feminist Freedom Warriors (FFW) is a digital video archive documenting cross-generational conversations about justice, politics and hope with feminist scholar-activists. This collaborative effort features Chandra Talpade Mohanty, and Linda Carty in conversation with comrades and sisters in struggle, with Kim E. Powell and Taveeshi Singh providing creative, research, and technical assistance.
The Women’s Library http://www.thewomenslibrary.ac.uk
The Women’s Library is a cultural centre housing the most extensive collection of women’s history in the UK. Access is free and open to everyone.
The F-Word http://www.thefword.org.uk
The F-Word is an online magazine dedicated to talking about and sharing ideas on contemporary UK feminism.
*Bitch Magazine http://bitchmagazine.org/
Bitch, a feminist response to pop-culture, features critiques of TV, movies, magazines, advertising, and other elements of pop culture. It also interviews feminist pop culture makers, review new books and music, and lots more.
Bust Magazine http://www.bust.com/
With an attitude that is fierce, funny, and proud to be female, BUST provides an uncensored view on the female experience. BUST tells the truth about women’s lives and presents a female perspective on pop culture. BUSTing stereotypes about women since 1993.
*Guerrilla Girls http://www.guerrillagirls.com/
“We’re a bunch of anonymous females who take the names of dead women artists as pseudonyms and appear in public wearing gorilla masks. We have produced posters, stickers, books, printed projects, and actions that expose sexism and racism in politics, the art world, film and the culture at large. We use humor to convey information, provoke discussion, and show that feminists can be funny.”
http://www.hot-topic.org/riotgrrrl/ a great source for all things riot grrrl (underground feminist punk movement)
Groups that provide support centres, education and resources for women, and/or focus on women’s heritage. (There is some overlap with the publication/arts/literature section above.) Also networks of women (usually based on region or politics).
Cambridge Centre for Gender Studies http://www.gender.cam.ac.uk/
The amazing centre for gender studies: they hold regular events such as really high profile speakers (such as Catharine MacKinnon and Judith Butler), weekly seminars and reading groups. Get on their email list (email@example.com) HERE to hear about upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.
Women’s Resource Centre http://www.wrc.org.uk
The Women’s Resource Centre (WRC) is a charity which supports women’s organisations to be more effective and sustainable. We provide training, information, resources and one-to-one support on a range of organisational development issues. We also lobby decision makers on behalf of the women’s not-for-profit sector for improved representation and funding.
Women’s Aid http://www.womensaid.org.uk/
Women’s Aid is the key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. We support a network of over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the UK.
The Cambridge Business Women’s Network http://www.cbn.org.uk
The Cambridge Business Women’s Network aims to offer regional women in business the opportunity to meet, forge contacts and extend their skills.
Enterprising Women http://www.enterprising-women.org
Enterprising Women delivers measurable and highly cost-effective economic development through enabling women to start up in business, and achieve sustainability and growth, and increases reach and engagement of mainstream Business Link IDB.
London Feminist Network http://www.ldnfeministnetwork.ik.com
The London Feminist Network (LFN) is a women-only networking and campaigning organisation, formed in 2004 to unite London- based feminist groups and individuals in action!
*Feminist Activist Forum http://www.feministactivistforum.org.uk/
FAF fuses feminist history activism, autonomous media, popular education, and coalition building. Our aim is to strengthen broad feminist collaborations & inter-generational connections and to support creative and effective feminist direct action.
*Feminist Fightback http://www.feministfightback.org.uk/
Feminist Fightback is an activist network the developed out of the two Feminist Fightback conferences, inspired by the politics of socialist feminism – the idea that women’s liberation and the establishment of a democratic, classless society are interlinked – but we seek to involve socialist and feminists of different viewpoints in discussing ideas and building an activist movement.
Women’s Policy Network http://wpn.org.uk/
WPN is a network for women who enjoy being in touch with the world, want to express their views and to help influence policy.
WomenWatch – the UN internet gateway on the advancement and empowerment of women http://www.un.org/womenwatch/
WomenWatch is the central gateway to information and resources on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout the United Nations system.
Camfed is dedicated to fighting poverty and HIV/AIDS in rural Africa by educating girls and investing in their economic independence and leadership once they complete school.
Wide Network http://www.wide-network.org/
WIDE is a European feminist network of womenÃ’Â´s organisations, development NGOs, gender specialists and womenÃ’Â´s rights activists.
Women Won’t Wait http://www.womenwontwait.org/
“Women Won’t Wait” is an international coalition of organizations and networks working to promote women’s health and human rights in the struggle to address HIV and AIDS and end all forms of violence against women and girls.
Women of Zimbabwe Arise http://www.wozazimbabwe.org/
WOZA was formed in 2003 as a women’s civic movement to provide women, from all walks of life, with a united voice to speak out on issues affecting their day-to-day lives, empower female leadership that will lead community involvement in pressing for solutions to the current crisis, encourage women to stand up for their rights and freedoms and lobby and advocate on those issues affecting women and their families.
Organisations which work in support of the groups and individuals who are disadvantaged in our society.
Southall Black Sisters http://www.southallblacksisters.org.uk/
Southall Black Sisters, a not-for-profit organisation, was established in 1979 to meet the needs of black (Asian and African-Caribbean) women. Our aims are to highlight and challenge violence against women; empower them to gain more control over their lives; live without fear of violence; and assert their human rights to justice, equality and freedom.
Stonewall is a professional lobbying group that has put the case for equality on the mainstream political agenda, working with a whole range of agencies to address the needs of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals in the wider community.
Older Feminist Network http://www.ofn.org.uk
The OFN was formed in 1982 and has met regularly ever since in order to give voice to the the concerns of older women which we felt were being ignored in feminist circles and in society generally
* The Lesbian Avengers http://www.actupny.org/documents/Avengers.html
The Avengers are now mostly non-active, but there were groups all over england and america, and they got up to some proper mischeif in their time!
Supporting women in Zimbabwe with essential ssanitary protection. A pack of sanitary towels in Zimbabwe can cost more than double the average monthly wage. As a result, many women are forced to use newspapers and dirty rags, a practice which leads to infections, for which there is little available medication. Worse still, these infections are often misconstrued as STIs, leading to social embarrassment and domestic violence.