What we do

We exist to bring together women of all ages

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NCWGB exists to bring together women of all ages to discuss, influence and work together to achieve a fair and inclusive society. We are an internationally-recognised organisation. We are one of several National Councils of Women affiliated to the International Council of Women (ICW).

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We have special consultative status at the UN (ECOSOC Status) and send delegates to international conferences such as the United Nations’ Annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York.

CSW is an opportunity to engage with women from all over the world. Like-minded women talk about issues, listen to and learn from their suggestions and their ways of approaching those issues and the outcomes recorded country by country. We have the opportunity to offer positive solutions.

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secondary school girls answering questions

Meetings, discussion groups, seminars and annual meeting

Through meetings, focused discussion groups, seminars and our annual meeting, our members come together to connect and exchange views with other like-minded women, and to reach out to challenge Government and change policy. We work increasingly, but by no means exclusively, online to offer members flexibility and accessibility. Members can join in when and where it works for them.

Our branch meetings in Darlington and Nottingham highlight local and national topics and members can meet, learn and debate together.

Monthly newsletter and mailings

Members can keep up to date through our regular monthly newsletter and mailing of information from our international partners such as the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

secondary school girls writing on board in class
secondary school girls writing on board in class
secondary school girls writing on board in class

Parliamentary report

We produce a monthly, comprehensive parliamentary report which highlights the Government’s latest meetings, consultations, questions addressed, and Select Committee work of interest to NCW members.

Select Committees that we monitor include:

  • Women and Equalities
  • Health and Social Care
  • Education, Home Affairs
  • Justice
  • Work and Pensions
  • Science and Technology
  • Transport
  • Digital Culture Media and Sport
  • Environment
  • Food and Rural Affairs

Each report includes links to Government consultations, particular highlights and Select Committees so that members can follow up topics of special interest.

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Resolutions

The culmination of much of NCW’s work are resolutions which are passed at our Annual Conference and then taken forward to Government to enact change. Resolutions address a variety of topics including: Equalities for women; The gender pay gap; Education for girls; Violence against women and girls; Body positivity; and Women and war.

women speaking at conference
women speaking at conference
secondary school girls answering questions

Internships

We have set up an internship scheme. Normally an internship could be offered to a young member of NCW. It would be an unpaid position, normally for six months, with expenses reimbursed to an agreed amount. The topic for the internship would be agreed between the applicant and NCW.

For more information or to express an interest in our internship scheme, please contact the NCW administrative office at info@ncwgb.org

“We shall not be listened to unless we speak from knowledge.”

Maureen Beauchamp, individual member and past Health Committee secretary

Become a member

Join a network of people who care about the lives of all women.

NCW in action

Our latest resolutions tackle overseas poverty, climate change, and innovation.