Rosa’s Four Pillars

ROSA, the UK fund for women and girls

Rosa has reviewed the evidence of gender inequality and social injustice for women in the UK today across four key issues: leadership and representation, safety, health and wellbeing and economic justice. These four pillars underpin Rosa’s work and the evidence makes a compelling case for change. For each pillar, we’ve looked at what needs tackling, where we want to be, and how we’ll know we’re there. Rosa works towards these changes by investing in women’s organisations.


Leadership and Representation

More women should hold positions of leadership and decision-making in the UK.

Women are hugely under-represented in politics and public life. And women in minorities – such as black and minority ethnic, disabled, and lesbians – are even less likely to have a public voice.

This means that the issues that are important to them, such as care provision, reproductive choice and local community resources, are less likely to reach the top of the agenda.

Rosa invests in projects that aim to understand how to get rid of the barriers that prevent women from participating in public life and encourage their equal representation and contribution in politics, the economy, the media and social agencies.

Click here to read our full report on leadership and representation for women in the UK


All women and girls have the right to live free from violence and the threat of violence.

Safety for women in the UK is a huge issue, as crimes of rape, domestic violence, sex trafficking and ‘honour killing’ continue at shockingly high rates. Yet many projects that support women who are at risk or seeking refuge are in funding crisis. Some organisations are being forced to close through lack of funds, leaving vulnerable individuals with even fewer places to turn for support.

Rosa invests in projects that are improving safety for women and girls in the UK, and helps raise awareness of the funding crisis to other potential funders.

Click here to read our full report on safety for women in the UK


Health and Wellbeing

All women and girls should feel good about themselves – and be able to get the help and healthcare they need.

Some of the health issues we’re concerned about include poor body image, low self-esteem, eating disorders, and increased alcohol consumption among young women. And some women are especially susceptible to ill health, poor support services and access to treatment – purely because they come from black and ethnic minority communities.

Rosa invests in projects that tackle these issues – from awareness raising projects to support groups and initiatives to reach women and girls from all backgrounds with the information they need to help keep them well.

Click here to read our full report on health and wellbeing for women in the UK



Economic Justice

All women in the UK should have the opportunity for economic stability and success in their lives.

More women than ever before are earning now – but usually far less than men, even if they’re doing the same job. Women also lose out when it comes to moving up the career ladder or having flexible working options. Girls from disadvantaged backgrounds find it hardest of all to get ahead.

And lack of affordable childcare keeps talented women out of the job market altogether. Rosa invests in projects that will help create a more even playing field of opportunity for women – benefiting individuals, families and employers alike.

Click here to read our full report on economic justice for women in the UK

Our Mission

Rosa’s mission is to support women and girls to create a society in which they:

Have an equal voice
Are safe and free from fear and violence
Enjoy good health and wellbeing
Achieve economic justice