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Women's Forum

About the Forum

West Northamptonshire Women's Forum provides an opportunity for women, and those representing women's services to engage with us; to pass on feedback and ideas about local services, and to be involved in consultations about future plans for the town. The forum is also a mechanism for partnership activity and provides the chance for sharing news between women and community groups.

Members can be individuals who live, work or are otherwise involved in community life in West Northamptonshire, or may attend on behalf of an organisation.

The forum meets every 2 months, on a Tuesday between 11am and 1pm.


The forum has a councillor co-chair appointed to take a special interest in women's issues. This is currently Cllr Anna King, Assistant Cabinet member for Communities.

The forum also has a community co-chair, elected from its members, currently Pauline Woodhouse.

Being a public meeting, all with an interest in women's issues are welcome.

Join the forum

If you would like to join the Forum or would like more information about the Forum and its work please email [email protected].

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A hate crime is any criminal offence or incident which is perceived by any person as being motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a personal characteristic such as age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, race and faith.

Our priorities, aims and objectives are to

  • providing a space for women within the borough to be consulted
  • support women's rights and highlighting issues that women face in areas such as health, public safety, education and faith and culture
  • celebrate the achievements of women in the borough, especially through our International Women's Day celebrations
  • highlight opportunities for women in many areas, such as business and the community

  • International Women's Day; 8 March
  • Inspirational Woman Award
  • Hate Crime Awareness Week; October
  • 16 Days of Activism against gender violence; 25 November to 10 December.

Please email [email protected] for further information on our events. 

  • Northamptonshire Domestic Abuse Service
    Providing support to victims of domestic abuse in Northamptonshire, including refuge and 1 to 1 and group support programmes
  • Northamptonshire Rape Crisis
    Confidential advice and support for those affected by rape or sexual abuse
  • Eve
    A Christian based domestic abuse service providing; women and family refuge, supported programmes and training and consultancy
  • The Good Loaf
    A social business making hand-crafted artisan breads, and providing employment opportunities to vulnerable women to help break the cycle of poverty, unemployment and offending
  • Baby Basics
    A volunteer-led project aiming to support new mothers and families by providing baby essentials and equipment. The project works with, but not limited to, teenage mums, people seeking asylum, women fleeing domestic abuse and trafficking.

Last updated 11 March 2024