The charity sector is vitally important for women. The sector provides women with essential support and services, covering a wide array of needs at every stage of their adult lives – from services to community building to advocacy. The sector also provides women with employment and volunteer opportunities and gives female leaders opportunities to build solutions to complex problems faced by their communities.

However, the sector is far from a panacea for women. The prejudices, misogyny and sexism which affect women at work and women in leadership across all sectors of the economy exist in the charity sector too. Women-specific charities are also chronically underfunded and experience specific challenges.

A new report from Pro Bono Economics examines the status quo for women in the charity sector. This event brought together key stakeholders in the sector to reflect on the key findings of the report and to discuss how the sector can become a better place for women to thrive in work, volunteer roles and leadership positions. 

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2:12 - Keynote presentation: Key findings from the Women in the Charity Sector report

17:15 - Panel discussion: Developing a sector that better meets women's needs

  • Assessing the critical role charities play in supporting women across society
  • Women in the workforce: how can charities better harness talent, generate opportunities and create fairer and more inclusive workplaces?
  • Routes into leadership: what improvements have been made in recent years and where is further change needed?
  • Examining gender differences in giving behaviours and why diversity within philanthropy is so critical
  • Looking at individual charities, third parties and the sector as a whole: where should change be prioritised and what value can this bring

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