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Launch of Rosa's report 'Stepping up? Investing in women in post-recession UK'

Sandi Toksvig

On Tuesday 2nd December 2014, Rosa and Aviva held a joint event to celebrate good practice in the corporate sector and highlight the need for further funding for women’s organisations from the evidence contained within the report ‘Stepping up?’ The event was also an opportunity to showcase the Rosa/Aviva Women’s Network grants programme.

During the event, Aviva presented a grant of £7,500 to Beyond The Classroom , an outstanding charity working with young girls in the London Borough of Lambeth. Since the event, Aviva has also awarded grants to six further fantastic charities; New Routes, Sweet Arts and Prowess based in Norwich; and Kyra Women’s Project, Independent Domestic Abuse Services and Survive in York.

The evening was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Rosa’s unique work on behalf of women and girls across the UK and Aviva’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme.

Sandi Toksvig OBE, Rosa’s Ambassador, gave a witty and inspiring speech to the guests stressing the need for funding to help girls and young women in this country reach their potential.

Belinda Pratten, author of the report, highlighted the need for long-term investment in women’s organisations, stressing that every pound spent in the women’s sector can give up to a six-fold return.

Sherine Mahmoud, Rosa’s trustee pointed out the significant gap that Rosa fills as the only UK fund for Women and Girls and encouraged the audience to respond to her call to action.

We were very happy to see several people showing interest in our Development Board to raise funds for Rosa’s grant programmes.

We were delighted by the great enthusiasm shown for Rosa’s work supporting women and girls across the UK.

We would like to thank Aviva, Sandi Toksvig, Belinda Pratten and everyone who attended.

Please download 'Stepping up? Investing in women in post-recession UK'

Amma Mensah, Founder of Beyond The Classroom
Jo Clube, Aviva
Sandi Toksvig with Rosa's Trustees