The Women’s homelessness matters conference brings together national and international evidence and best practice to highlight factors affecting women experiencing homelessness.
In light of the seismic shake up across society caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we take this opportunity to ensure that women’s homelessness receives the focus it needs in conjunction with International Women's Day 2021, which falls in March this year.
By coming together, we will work towards ending women’s homelessness.
The WCMT promotes research across a range of themes to benefit civil society. WCMT Fellows travel internationally to seek out leaders and practitioners, learn from them and then, crucially, bring the findings back to their local context to bring about change.
The Women’s homelessness matters conference came together after the WCMT awarded further funding to three Fellows to disseminate the findings of their reports, which had a commonality of approach under the theme of women’s homelessness.
The Fellows and their reports are:
Across three informative and engaging afternoons in March, we will draw together themes and learning that cover women’s housing, maternity services and health provision.
Each session, unique in its own way, will share best practice examples and insight from experts in the field.
As well as having the opportunity to hear firsthand from the three WCMT Fellows, experts and researchers, attendees will receive an online zine created by the artist and storyteller Carmen Byrne alongside peers. The zine will include key messages and links to further resources and will act as a visual record of the conference.
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12/03/2021, Online, 1pm - 4pm
In this session, we will present findings from peer-led research published in 2020 that highlights the health issues experienced by women and the barriers they face accessing services.
17/03/2021, Online, 1pm - 4pm
This session will explore the experiences of pregnant women experiencing homelessness. Within maternity care there is an expectation that women have informal support.
19/03/2021, Online, 1pm - 4pm
In this session, we will hear international leaders asking what the emergency housing provided during the pandemic has looked like for women alongside other questions.