Welcome to Leicestershire Fawcett Group

The Fawcett Society is the leading national organisation campaigning for equality between women and men in pay, pensions, poverty, justice and politics, tracing its roots back to 1866 when Millicent Fawcett led the struggle for women’s votes.

Leicestershire Fawcett Group supports the aims of the Fawcett Society and works at a local level to raise awareness of Fawcett and its activities, campaigning to improve policy and services for women & girls and ensure that gender equality is at the heart of local decision making in Leicestershire.

Our next group meeting is on…

Thursday 24 August 2017, 7pm at Phoenix, Midland Street, Leicester


Domestic violence services are in crisis due to swingeing cuts in funding.  The City’s refuge receives no financial support from the public purse, and all funding for County services ended in March 2015.  Drastic action is needed to protect these vital specialist services and you can help.  Support Women’s Aid Leicestershire by becoming an ‘Angel’ and donating vital funds to help meet running costs for their refuges, or give through their ‘Save Your Refuge’ campaign.  ACT NOW, before it’s too late.



International Women’s Day event: The Battle for Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights
Secular Hall, Leicester, LE1 1WB
Speaker: Pavan Dhaliwal, Director of Public Affairs and Policy, British Humanist Association

This was a free public event organised in conjunction with Leicester Secular Society and with a performance from Red Leicester Choir.

Members of Leicestershire Fawcett Group took part in a Women’s Aid Leicestershire event to raise awareness of the scale of domestic violence deaths in the UK, and to remember the 124 women who had lost their lives over the preceding year as a result of DV. This took place at the Clock Tower in Leicester city centre and received considerable local press coverage, including reports in the Leicester Mercury and by BBC Leicester. A video taken at the event can be seen here.

We partnered with Phoenix cinema to screen He Named Me Malala on Monday 7 March – the eve of International Women’s Day. This film documentary tells the incredible story of Malala Yousafzai who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 and has since gone on to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The screening was preceded by a performance from renowned local poet Jess Green.

Getting your voice heard in Parliament
Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE1 1WB
This was a free workshop, open to all, with Clare Mullin of the Houses of Parliament outreach service.

Domestic Violence speaker event, June 2015THURSDAY 25 JUNE 2015
Domestic Violence Provision and the Austerity Agenda
Secular Hall, Leicester, LE1 1WB
Speaker: Gill Taylor
, Chair of Trustees, Women’s Aid Leicestershire.

This was a free public event which considered the future of domestic violence services in Leicester and Leicestershire in an era of austerity.

Equal pay, the living wage and discrimination in employment
Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE1 1WB
This public meeting was organised by the Leicester and District Trades Union Council.  Speakers: Jane Nellist (NUT Coventry), Iris Lightfoote (TREC, Leicester).  Chaired by Anne Blair (NUT Leicester and Leicestershire Fawcett Group).

iwd_square_SVSATURDAY 7 MARCH 2015
International Women’s Day 2015

The Donkey, Welford Road, Leicester LE2 6BH
We celebrated International Women’s Day with music and poetry at The Donkey – all proceeds went to Women’s Aid Leicestershire.  Performers: Mellow Baku, Ola Szmidt, Meri Everitt, Jess Green and Anita Sivakumeran.

International Women’s Day event – Education and Muslim Girls
Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE 1 1WB
A joint event with Leicester Secular Society.  Dr Saeeda Shah of Leicester University discussed girls’ education in Pakistan and in the Muslim community in the UK in light of the attack on Malala Yousafzai.

Dance-Drum-Rise for V-Day
Orton Square, Leicester – outside Curve
A global event, taking place at the same time around the world. We were accompanied by  Leicester’s fantastic Sambando drummers as we aimed to raise awareness of the shocking truth about violence against women and girls. Learn the ‘Break the Chain’ dance at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEfxjIez8r0

Anti Slavery event flyer, 2 December 2014 V4TUESDAY 2 DECEMBER 2014
A joint event with Leicester Soroptimists and DMU to mark UN International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
Hugh Aston Lecture Theatre, De Montfort University

The keynote speaker was Anne Read, Anti-Trafficking Response Co-ordinator, The Salvation Army.  Panel members were Simon Cole (Chief Constable of Leicestershire), Iris Lightfoote (CEO, The Race Equality Council).

Why do we still need feminism in the 21st Century?

Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE 1 1WB
This was our AGM.  Speaker: Belinda Phipps, Chair of The Fawcett Society

Angels Tea Party – fundraiser for Women’s Aid Leicestershire
Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE 1 1WB

May Day march to protest about austerity measures

Pray the Devil Back to HellSATURDAY 8 MARCH 2014
International Women’s Day celebration – Pray the Devil Back to Hell
Phoenix, 4 Midland Street, Leicester LE1 1TG
A joint event supported by Soroptimists International of Leicester,  Leicester and District Trades Union Council, Women’s Aid Leicester & Leicestershire, LeicestHERday and members of Leicestershire Women’s Forum.

Female Genital Mutilation – end the abuse now!
Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE1 1WB
A joint event with the Leicester Secular Society.  Speakers were Sadiyo Said from  EVA Organization for Women, and DI Mark Parish from the Leicestershire Police domestic abuse team.


Six reasons why we shouldn’t “calm down dear” …..

  1. Women in the UK typically earn less, own less and are more likely to live in poverty than men.
  2. Women are under-represented in positions of power in government and business.
  3. Women make up the majority of low paid workers.
  4. Women do the bulk of unpaid work.
  5. Women are more likely to live below the breadline in their old age.
  6. Women account for over 65% of the local government workers who have been issued with redundancy notices in 2010-11 in England and Wales.

Find out more about us and how we are making a difference.

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