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Give Me Shelter - Women and Homelessness

Part of WOW – Women of the World

Hear from women who have experienced homelessness and the charities which support women and men to rebuild their lives, working with the aim of one day eradicating homelessness.

When experiencing homelessness, women are much more vulnerable than men. Sometimes women are denied access to refuges when fleeing domestic violence, as well as when they arrive seeking asylum in the UK, fleeing violence, war and persecution in their home countries. Women are also at greater risk of sexual violence on the streets and according to a report by St Mungo’s homelessness charity, over three quarters of women sleeping on the street have had their children taken away from them. There is also the day-to-day struggle of staying safe, dealing with periods, addiction, depression and other issues affecting women on the streets, which many charities are trying to tackle.

Panelists include:

Kate Farrell, Director of Crisis Skylight Merseyside and Mayoral Advisor on Homelessness for the Liverpool City Region.

Catherine Glew, Women’s Strategy Manager for the homelessness charity St Mungo’s. Catherine previously led St Mungo’s work to influence government policy on rough sleeping, mental health and women’s homelessness.

Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of Women's Aid, trained barrister and campaigner and former Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society.

The panel is chaired by Dr Wanda Wyporska, FRSA, Executive Director at The Equality Trust, the national charity campaigning to improve the quality of life in the UK by reducing social and economic inequality. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of York, and a trustee of Gingerbread, the Equality and Diversity Forum and Schools OUT UK.

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Royal Festival Hall
Weston Roof Pavilion, Level 6, Green Side


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This event is included in the Sunday WOW Pass, the WOW Two Day Pass and the WOW Three Day Pass.