The Women’s Housing Forum was set up to research and address the challenges that women face in accessing and remaining in housing. We want to raise awareness of the link between women’s housing needs and gender inequality.
Symone Clark-McGuire from Women’s Pioneer Housing and Sarah Stone from Housing for Women
21 December 2018
We believe that housing is without doubt a feminist issue. Women’s lower average incomes, additional caring responsibilities and greater experience of domestic abuse and sexual violence can have a significant impact on their ability to find and keep suitable housing. For women without a stable and secure home, accessing and succeeding in education and employment becomes all the more difficult.
This is why the Women’s Housing Forum was created. It began as a group of women working in the housing sector, and having seen the inequalities women faced when accessing suitable housing, we wanted to do something about it. The forum emerged to address issues specific to women at a structural level, through influencing housing. To make sure we hear from all those effected a steering group was set up which comprises residents and women working in different parts of the sector. The vision for the forum is to create a space where everyone who cares about women’s housing can have an equal voice and come together to tackle these issues.
We are delighted to announce and invite you to our inaugural open event. We are meeting on Friday 18 January, in Central London, from 10.30am to 4pm
The forum is collaborative by nature, we want to share ideas and suggestions on what the forum should cover, and how. For that reason, we are running the event in a workshop format, each led by both a housing professional and someone with lived experience of the issues raised. Intersectionality, which considers the overlapping contexts that women face in relation to their race, sexuality, age etc. alongside being a woman, is at the heart of the work and research the forum wants to do and will be considered at every workshop.
The workshop topics we have chosen for the first forum event are:
- women and young girls and homelessness
- domestic abuse
- older women
- women and design
The event is free and open to anyone interested in women’s housing issues. Spaces are limited though, so if you’d like to attend please register via the Eventbrite link.
You can contact Women's Housing Forum on Twitter @Womens_Housing