Every woman and girl should be able to thrive, regardless of her circumstances.
We exist to ensure they can, advocating and campaigning for systems and services to respond appropriately to women and girls with unmet needs.
Since our formation in 2015, we have:
- Built an alliance of over 100 members across England and Wales, from large national charities to small local organisations
- Launched over a dozen projects and campaigns exploring the experiences of women and girls with multiple unmet needs
- Published hundreds of reports, and submitted evidence for consultations, to ensure women and girls with unmet needs are considered in policy and practice
- Placed the voices of women and girls at the heart of our advocacy and raised the profile of women and girls with lived experience of unmet needs amongst the media, public, decision makers and larger charities
- Had our work mentioned in almost 200 media pieces, including in ITV News, The Guardian, The Independent and BBC News
We are proud of the impact that this work has had, including:
- Campaigning with others across the criminal justice system led to publication of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Female Offender Strategy (2018).
- Our Women in Mind campaign led to Agenda co-chairing the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) Women’s Mental Health Taskforce with then Mental Health Minister (2018) which generated commitments to prioritising women’s mental health through gender- and trauma-informed ways of working.
- Our partnership with Mind resulted in a national women-only peer support programme Women Side by Side supporting over 4,000 women across England and Wales (2019/20).
- Our Young Women’s Justice Project, in partnership with the Alliance for Youth Justice (AYJ), led to the announcement of a new Ministry of Justice strategy on Young Adult Women.
- Our influencing around the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill, highlighting ways the Bill risked criminalising girls and young women, helped secure an amendment to ensure Serious Violence Reduction Orders (SVROs) will be piloted with equalities and outcomes data gathered.
[The thing Agenda does best is] ensure that people listen to the voices and experiences of women and girls. — Agenda Alliance Stakeholder