The new Chair of a national women’s support organisation will be ‘calling out’ inequalities and discrimination wherever she finds it.
Sue Oshikanlu, who has been named as Chair of The Women’s Organisation – the largest developer and deliverer of training and support for women in the UK – says stakeholders from the public, private and Third sectors need to remember their responsibilities to create a fair and equal playing field for all women and especially those who have suffered discrimination in all its forms, including race.
“I am deeply worried about the direction of travel in terms of the equalities agenda and investment in measures that help women and women from diverse communities and The Women’s Organisation will redouble its efforts to shine a light on inequitable investment policy and practice,”
Said Ms Oshikanlu, who is the head of Finance for Liverpool Domestic Abuse Service charity who provides advocacy and support to disadvantaged groups, including women who are suffering domestic violence and abuse.
She has extensive experience in the running of publicly funded services, including undertaking the management and accounting for public and charitable funds.
Sue added that the work of The Women’s Organisation has made a difference to policy and practice locally, nationally, and internationally – and its measurable economic impact has been hugely significant.
“As a black woman I am really proud to lead this highly successful organisation – where the commitment to equality is demonstrated through the diversity at all parts of the organisation – board, staff and service users.”
Sue’s appointment comes with the stepping down of Gill Moglione after many years of outstanding service at the organisation.
The Women’s Organisation was established in 1996 and has supported over 80,000 women and helped to create more than 5,000 businesses, generating impact through employment, enterprise and wellbeing support; business incubation; programme management; consultancy; and research and influence.