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justice-scales-19863Fawcett Society marks major new phase of work with redesigned website.

Chief Executive Ceri Goddard, welcomes visitors to the new website which marks the beginning of a “major new phase of our work for UK women’s equality and rights, one that will see us expand our presence firmly into today’s digital sphere and literally change the face of Fawcett’s campaigning.”

Fawcett is the UK’s leading campaigning organisation for women’s equality and rights – at home, at work and in public life.

The Fawcett Society was started in 1866 by Millicent Fawcett, one of the leaders in the UK campaign for women’s suffrage.

However, nearly 150 years later, Goddard points out that progress has been slow, and “we seem in many areas to be facing something far worse – a backwards move.”

Fawcett’s current campaign focus is on women and the economy; women and power; and stagnation in the advancement of equality due to the “political culture and system that too often views women’s equality as a fringe issue to be dealt with by someone else.”

Goddard calls for action, saying that “After the hard fought struggles of the women who came before us, we must not be the generation that sees the change they started, undone, that accepts fine words over real action.

“No, we must be the opposite; we must use the fact that we are, because of them, in a stronger position than ever to hold those in power to greater account.”

One of Fawcett’s new initiatives is the Future Female programme which aims to generate “a stronger vision of what a more equal future could look like,’ including finding ways ‘to accelerate the pace of change.”

The programme will host a number of different events, bringing together leaders from a variety of sectors and professions.

Visitors to the redesigned website will find a new layout, more images used throughout and a number of different ways to get involved and learn more about what is happening.

The Campaigns and Issues section brings all the campaign information together, along with additional data on a variety of other issues affecting women’s equality.

The Power Watch page showcases work being done to bring about parliamentary change.

And the Resources section provides a catalogued library of Fawcett’s work: “All the shareable, printable, downloadable goodies we have and is searchable by topic or type of resource.”

Ways to get involved include joining the organisation, supporting a campaign, buying a T-shirt, fundraising and joining a local group.

Funded by a grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the work done on the website is part of Fawcett’s broader redevelopment of its online communications and strategy.

As one member says, “I want what I think to count.”

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