Rights of Women – Group Award Nominee – 2012

Established in 1975, Rights of Women is a women’s voluntary sector organisation providing vital and unique legal advice and information services for women in England and Wales. Their vision is to achieve equality, justice and respect for all women and their mission is to advise, educate and empower them on their legal rights. Their focus is on women who are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing, gender based violence, including domestic and sexual violence and their support reaches disadvantaged and vulnerable women including Black, Minority Ethnic, Refugee and asylum-seeking women.

Between 2010-2012 Rights of Women has lead a coalition of violence against women organisations in an urgent and coordinated campaign against cuts to the legal aid scheme which will have a devastating impact on women affected by violence and their ability to access the legal rights and remedies which can provide them with safety and justice.

Rights of Women was in a unique position to use its influence in both encouraging activism on the cuts amongst other organisations and individuals and raise awareness of the impact of the cuts amongst policy makers and Parliamentarians.