Women face a double burden of poverty and discrimination, and continue to be paid less than men, even at the top, often struggling to find roles that allow them to earn a living while also coping with the lion's share of domestic work and childcare.
Our Women United Programme supports women struggling with poverty to make progress towards a more secure life for themselves and their families.
As part of Women United, Future Skills is a project based in our network of Oxfam shops. Women gain on the job volunteering experience, supported by a series of workshops and coaching. They can develop useful skills, as well as build their confidence.
We work with a range of partners and reach women in different circumstances, including geographical or social isolation, those seeking refuge in the UK, and those facing challenges and crises that have forced them into poverty. Whatever the reason, we help women build skills, confidence and networks to support them on the next step of their journey out of poverty.
But this isn't just another employability programme. By combining a focus on community engagement with an ambitious programme of personal development, we work with women as they develop their confidence and skills to take the lead in the drive toward social change. It isn't just about overcoming personal barriers - it's about finding the voice to demand those barriers are torn down completely, for everyone. And it's about using that voice in concert with others in a powerful movement for change.