Press release 22.11.2018: Nottingham Women’s Centre launches Notts Inspirational Women Awards

Available for immediate release on Thu 22nd Nov 2018

Nottingham Women’s Centre launches Notts Inspirational Women Awards 

The last 12 months saw unprecedented levels of activity around issues relating to women – we all took part in the celebrations for Vote 100, witnessed incredible moments of female activism and empowerment such as #MeToo and #TimesUp and were reminded about continuing employment inequalities through the gender pay gap data.

Alongside these national and international issues, we are also constantly reminded about the local issues affecting women in Nottinghamshire including the cuts to public spending or particular difficulties in relation to health.

Nottingham Women’s Centre sees many women overcome these barriers every day. All around the city and county, women fight inequality, make sure that their voices are heard, get specialist support and training to help them create better lives for themselves and their children.

It’s these women that inspire and motivate us to continue with our mission to empower women in Nottinghamshire and it’s these women that we’d like to celebrate with the new Notts Inspirational Women Awards.

The Awards aim to recognise and celebrate the contribution of Nottinghamshire women to the efforts for the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

Anyone can nominate women who have inspired them, e.g. Notts women who have achieved a great success in male-dominated fields, women who have overcome their disability to achieve great things, women who have been supportive of other women to help them achieve their potential (inspirational mentor / volunteer / community leader), women who have been successful entrepreneurs or women who have inspired other women with their actions (inspirational parent / friend).

The nominations open today, Thu the 22nd Nov 2018 and close on the 10th Jan 2019. Winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony to be held on Thu the 7th March 2019 at the Nottingham City Council House, Ball Room.

Helen Voce, CEO at Nottingham Women’s Centre “These awards are a change to shine a light on the amazing women in Notts who achieve great things often despite difficult circumstances. Get your nominations in and help us celebrate their success. ”



Notes to Editors

  1. Nottingham Women’s Centre was established in 1971 and is run by women, for women. We exist to help women achieve their aims, become stronger and more independent, and we provide a safe and supportive environment in which women can do this.
  2. Our Full contact details are Nottingham Women’s Centre, 30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LP. Twitter: @nottswcentre.  Chief Executive Officer: Helen Voce. Tel 0115 941 1475.
  3. More details about the Notts Inspirational Women Awards can be found here.

Response to Sara Thornton’s comments about misogyny hate crime

Helen Voce, CEO of Nottingham Women’s Centre  responds to: Misogyny should not be treated as hate crime, police chief says 

Helen Voce said: “I feel for Sara Thornton and her police colleagues. They are in desperate need of extra funding so her comments today about possible extensions to hate crime legislation aren’t a surprise. I agree it is not the police’s job to change culture so that woman feel safe in public places, while studying or at work. It needs a whole government approach with active community participation. However, the Police have a key role to play in speaking out on misogyny and helping to get the message across that it is not acceptable. Notts Police did this back in 2016 and there are a number of things to note.

  • The Police weren’t inundated with reports. Since April 2016 there have been about 170 crimes and incidents logged. Our evaluation in July found that only 6.6% of women reported their experiences to the Police. Women screen out what they report. ‘I just thought if some random guy was following me it was just something I had to deal with and I’d be arrested for wasting police time if I reported it.’
  • Women felt more confident to challenge misogyny themselves knowing they had the backing of the police policy. ‘If something happened now I’d be like do you realise that’s a hate crime in Nottm? I could report you for that. Because that would make them feel differently rather than me reporting it.’ ‘I feel more safe because I’ve actually got something to say to them now.’
  • The police were able to take action on some non-crimes eg someone shouting from a building site and the police went and spoke to the company who invited the police in to talk to the team.

The police are bringing together forces who have implemented this policy to learn what’s worked well and to support other forces who may want to follow suit. It will also be great preparation if hate crime legislation does lead to a national roll out. So let’s not push this issue to the side due to pressure on the police, let’s bring it centre stage and make it everyone’s business.”