Agenda was brought together in 2015 to advocate for change for women and girls at risk, following work by a group of trusts, foundations and voluntary sector organisations building on momentum started with Baroness Corston’s 2007 report into women in the criminal justice system.
Agenda hosts our Parliamentary launch in the River Room of the House of Lords, with a reception for over 70 guests. Attendees included MPs, Peers, Agenda members, supportive charities, and women with experience of extensive abuse and disadvantage.
Agenda launches our first campaign, Women in Mind, calling for women’s mental health needs to be made a priority and for women to be able to get the support they need.
Agenda launches our #ThisisMyStory campaign, featuring the first-hand accounts of women and aiming to raise awareness among a wider audience. Through the campaign, we gain hundreds of new followers and see our posts reach hundreds of thousands of people.
Agenda launches the first National Commission on Domestic and Sexual Abuse and Multiple Disadvantage with AVA (Against Violence and Abuse).
Agenda becomes an independent charity and announces its new board.
Our busiest year in terms of media coverage since we were formed, with some fantastic pieces written by and amplifying women with lived experience in the Metro, Refinery29, The Mirror and elsewhere.
Agenda publishes our discussion paper, Making Places Work for Women, written by the Point People. It looks at place-based systems change with a gendered lens, and calls on public sector bodies, agencies and voluntary organisations in local areas to work together better to help improve the lives of the most disadvantaged women.
Agenda celebrates its one-year anniversary! We host a celebration event in Parliament, bringing together MPs, peers, funders, Agenda members and women with lived experience of multiple unmet needs. The Justice Minister with responsibility for women, Edward Argar MP, gives the keynotes speech, alongside a woman with lived experience of the areas Agenda works on.
Agenda welcomes its one hundredth Alliance member. We now have over 100 member organisations across England and Wales.
Agenda campaigns to amend the Domestic Abuse Bill with our Ask and Take Action campaign, bringing together a wide range of supporters in sector and cross-party support and debate at report stage in the House of Lords.
Agenda launches Girls Speak – a new campaign to shine a light on the experiences of some of the most marginalised girls and young women (age 14–24) in England and Wales.
Our Young Women’s Justice Project, in partnership with The Alliance for Youth Justice (AYJ), is created. It aims to engage with young women (17-25), front-line practitioners and other experts to build a credible evidence base about the needs of girls and young women in contact with the criminal justice system and influence government policy to take these needs into account.
Agenda launches a new partnership Tackling Double Disadvantage with Hibiscus, Muslim Women in Prison, Zahid Mubarek Trust, Criminal Justice Alliance and Women in Prison. The project follows on from our Double Disadvantage report with Women in Prison in 2016 and explores the experiences of Black, Asian, minoritised and migrant women in the criminal justice system.
One year on from the start of first COVID-19 lockdown, we publish our Voices From Lockdown: A Way Forward for Women and Girls report. Drawing on insights from over 150 voluntary sector organisations, the research revealed a deeply concerning increase in poverty and destitution and a growing future crisis in women and girls’ mental health through the pandemic.
We also wrote to the Prime Minister with over 70 charities and organisations working with and for some of the most marginalised women and girls in our society urging for a social recovery strategy for women and girls.
Following our Young Women’s Justice Project, the Ministry of Justice commits to publishing a Young Women’s Strategy for the first time.
Agenda launches our Transforming Services for Women's Futures project, in partnership with Changing Lives, seeking to explore the ways in which public services can be redesigned post-pandemic to better support women with multiple unmet needs.
Since we were founded, Agenda has become established as the go-to organisation on gender and multiple disadvantage. We have built an alliance of over 100 members across England and Wales who span a range of specialisms, bringing together large national charities and small local organisations to campaign for women and girls with unmet needs.
Agenda starts its journey to embed anti-racism into the organisation.
Agenda renames to Agenda Alliance and launches its new brand, website and strategy – setting our direction for the next five years.