About Voices of Women

Voices of Women, Milton Keynes (VOWMK) was formed in 2020 as a partnership of women’s organisations to champion women’s voices to bring about change. 

Conceived of as a Virtual Women’s Centre, it will become an online resource for information about women’s services and policy relating to women, a hub for gathering statistical and lived experience data relating to women and girls in Milton Keynes, and an easily accessible signpost for local groups, services and activities.

How it started

VOWMK was formed as a response to structural gender inequality and inequity in Milton Keynes.  Its core members are a partnership of women’s organisations who are committed to amplifying the voices and raising the visibility of women and girls in Milton Keynes as a catalyst for positive change. 

Vision

Working‌ ‌together‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌city‌ ‌where‌ ‌women‌ ‌and‌ ‌girls‌ ‌feel‌ ‌emotionally‌ ‌and‌ ‌physically‌ ‌safe,‌ ‌can‌ ‌reach‌ ‌their‌ ‌full‌ ‌potential‌ ‌and‌ ‌where‌ ‌action‌ ‌is‌ ‌socially‌ ‌just‌ ‌and‌ ‌empathy‌ ‌led.

Mission

Our mission is to ensure that all women and girls in Milton Keynes feel supported, empowered and believed.

Strategic aims

To achieve our vision, we will:

  • Amplify women’s voices and raise women’s visibility across the public, private and voluntary sector to challenge the status quo and rebalance the structural inequalities inherent in services.

  • Break down the perceived barriers in the planning of, and access to, crucial services, to ensure that women and girls can actively engage in planning their futures.

  • Create a crisis-proof environment which protects vital support services and facilitates resilience in women and girls.

How we work

VOWMK members commit to:

  • Coalition building and collaborative working.

  • Collecting evidence of and actively promoting the voices of women and girls. 

  • Encouraging women and girls across all our networks and beyond to participate in creating change.

  • Learning and development through research, data collection

Meet the Steering Group

Gareth 
Eglinton-Pacitti

Gareth is CEO of YiS Youth Counselling Service, which provides free and confidential counselling to young people aged 11-21 who live, learn or work in Milton Keynes and the surrounding areas. He is passionate about Social Justice, Drag Queens, and Ewoks.

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Coalition members

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