Valuing Women: Making Women Visible

Burch, Sarah and Hodges, Kathryn (2022) Valuing Women: Making Women Visible. Project Report. Theos, London, UK.

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Some women experience severe and multiple disadvantage within their lives. This disadvantage includes abuse and trauma, mental ill-health, homelessness, isolation, poverty, and sexual exploitation. These experiences, and the women who live through them, commonly go unrecognised. Similarly, there are sizeable gaps in terms of the support available. These gaps can be found either in a failure to provide support, or to provide support in a way that is useful or safe for women. When women are unable to access effective, trustworthy, and reliable helping services, there can be fatal consequences. Effective help for women needs to understand the impact of the things that happen to women, provide continuity of care, and build trusting, respectful relationships. This study offers a snapshot of the experiences of staff and volunteers, from six Christian faith-based organisations, who support women. They drew on their faith and the resources of their organisations, committing to a continuity of care, which fostered trust. They valued the women they worked with and described their work as a privilege. A number commented that they met women in the image of God, as equals with whom it was a privilege to work. For many their faith was a source of strength and comfort, in which prayer could be offered as a gift, provided an opportunity to reflect on their work, or was experienced as a source of unity. The level of care which was shown to women is not unique to the faith-based sector. But the staff and volunteers in this study took a distinctive approach which made the women they worked with truly visible through their regard. This study makes the work of the staff and volunteers visible in turn.

Item Type: Research Report or Working Paper (Project Report)
Additional Information: Made available with the kind permission of Theos Think Tank.
Keywords: women, severe and multiple disadvantage, faith based organisations
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic User
Depositing User: Symplectic User
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2022 09:30
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 16:18

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