Good Women is a free and open network for women interested in social change, across sectors, organisations and stages of life. It’s run by Vanilla, a social business working to support people and organisations who want to improve the world.

 

Why does it exist? Well, because Good Women are everywhere: leading charities, families, social enterprises and businesses in great directions to support their staff and supply chains, deliver good outcomes and not damage people or the planet in the process. The Good Women network was founded on the belief that much of women’s potential to make positive change is still untapped, and that they could do more with fewer barriers between different professional sectors and the right support, confidence and connections.

 

In February, Good Women and Impact Hub Westminster teamed up to connect women with an interest in social change in London and beyond. And it was amazing. Around 100 women from across IHW and Vanilla’s networks gathered at New Zealand House to talk about the issues they care about most.

 

Once the space was created, the conversations happened naturally. We were was struck by how quickly themes sprung up around the room around gender equality, social mobility, poverty, refugees and housing, to name a few. Rachel Whale, CEO of Vanilla and Founder of Good Women [pictured], talked about working to break down the disconnect between sectors and a unifying UK social change conversation that aligns to the Sustainable Development Goals, which she sees as a huge opportunity. Finally, a quick-fire round of spontaneous ‘soapbox’ pitches amplified some fabulous female voices in the room – talking about a whole range of issues from the Yes DSS Campaign to branding, employee development and international development know-how.

 

Good Women is a growing network of wonderful women across the UK and beyond. If you’d like to get involved in Good Women personally, or partner with us as an organisation as Impact Hub have, drop Daisy a line at daisy@vanillaventures.co.uk. If you’d like to stay in the loop, sign up to the mailing list here. We’d love for you to be part of it.

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