Agenda supports MPs’ and peers’ call for urgent action into dire state of funding for women’s centres
Responding to a report out today Is it the end of women’s centres? by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Women in the Penal System, Katharine Sacks-Jones, Director of Agenda said:
“The report on women’s centres by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Women in the Penal System makes for grim reading. Women in the justice system are often vulnerable with extensive histories of abuse and need specialist help to turn their lives around. The report finds that women’s centres which provide this vital support and are proven to reduce women’s offending are seeing their funding cut and if not funded properly might disappear altogether.
“Women’s centres were championed by the Corston Report 10 years ago and are vital to women’s rehabilitation but the report warns that the services which are being commissioned are watered down versions of what they were before and that much of the expertise built up over many years is now under threat.
“Government must take action including providing funding to protect these services. This should include reinvesting some of the envisaged savings from the closure of HMP Holloway into supporting women.’”
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We are calling for systems and services to be redesigned with women and girls at their heart so that they can access the support they need to rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. www.weareagenda.org.