Cuts to DWC’s funding no joke, says Jo Brand

DWC patron says women at a real risk if centre were to close Comedian Jo Brand has added her voice to calls to save Derby Women’s Centre from Derby City Council’s proposed funding cuts. Brand said in a statement: The assurance of a women-only environment, the confidentiality and non-judgemental welcome all women receive needs to continue in Derby. Any suggestion of a reduced service or closure amounts to women at real risk of having nowhere else to go or denied the choice of where to go.
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A space to discuss issues affecting women with women

At DWC we recognise the importance to women of safe and welcoming spaces, so we were thrilled to hear that a group of women in Derby have recently set up Women’s Space, a network of women who meet to discuss women’s issues. Here Ruth Richardson, one of the group’s founders, tells us more. About a year ago myself and a few other ladies set up a space for women to share and discuss our perspectives on a range of topical issues, decided on collectively. We were inspired by other women’s discussion spaces we had recently attended.
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DWC among other women’s organisations facing funding cuts

Derby Women’s Centre is not alone. According to a report by the Women’s Resource Centre  published last month, women’s organisations are more vulnerable to funding cuts than other service charities. Other research by the WRC shows that 95% of women’s organisations face funding cuts or a funding crisis in the next year. 
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Euro MEP supports Derby Women’s Centre

Glenis Willmott, East Midlands MEP and Labour’s leader in Europe, has expressed concern at the council’s decision to cut DWC’s funding, arguing this will negatively affect women and their families. See here for the Derby Telegraph’s report.
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