Wellbeing of Women is the women’s health research charity and they work to support women tirelessly through all stages of life from puberty to menopause, while also conducting pioneering research into gynaecological issues.
Let’s get to know them a little more:
What’s the over-arching goal of Wellbeing of Women?
Wellbeing of Women saves and changes the lives of women, girls and babies through research, education and advocacy. Our goal is that no woman’s life is limited by their reproductive and gynaecological health.
We fund research into women’s health throughout the life course – from periods and gynaecological conditions like endometriosis, through to fertility, pregnancy and childbirth. We also cover menopause, gynaecological cancers and issues such as incontinence, which can be more common later in a person’s life.
Our research has led to some huge breakthroughs in women’s health. For example, we funded early research that led to the discovery of the link between HPV and cervical cancer, leading to an international HPV vaccine that is set to dramatically reduce cervical cancer rates. We have also funded research that helped to establish today’s neonatal care and, more recently, we have funded the discovery of the first potential non-hormonal, non-surgical treatment of endometriosis – a condition that affects one in 10 women and girls and can cause chronic pain and infertility.
Alongside our portfolio of ground-breaking research, we share trusted information on women’s health through our digital platforms and a health and wellbeing webinar series. We also campaign for the much-needed progress on issues from menopause to menstrual health.
What campaigns are you working on that support menopause?
We have two ongoing menopause campaigns that we are working on. This October we launched Let’s #ChatMenopause, a series of videos that talk about different experiences of menopause. Our celebrity Ambassador Penny Lancaster opens about the impact her menopause had on her family, broadcaster Zoe Hardman talks to her sister about their experience of early menopause (before 40), and media doctor Nighat Arif, former Olympian Michelle Griffith Robinson and Meera Bhogal talk about their experiences of race and the menopause.
We’re also continuing to expand our Menopause Workplace Pledge campaign, which launched last year. We know that menopause can have a huge impact on women and people experiencing symptoms, and research shows that these can often be most difficult to manage at work. Our Menopause Workplace Pledge campaign is encouraging all employers to commit to supporting people through menopause to ensure they continue to thrive in their roles.
Over 2000 organisations have now signed the pledge meaning millions of UK employees are now covered by the pledge’s three commitments.
How can QVC customers get involved with the charity?
We are always looking for new people to get involved and help to improve women’s health, and there are lots of ways to do it!
Support our campaigns by joining the Menopause Workplace Pledge as an individual or signing as an employer. You can also support our new Let’s #ChatMenopause campaign, which is encouraging people to share their menopause stories on social media. Get involved today by sharing your story using the hashtag #ChatMenopause and tagging Wellbeing of Women.
Make a donation towards vital research, education and advocacy projects that will improve the health and wellbeing of women, girls and babies. You can make a one-off donation or, even better, set up a regular gift on our website here: wellbeingofwomen.org.uk/donate.
Join a fundraising event or create your own – there are treks, runs and cycles that you can get involved with as an individual or as part of a team. Details are on our website here or you can contact our brilliant Community Engagement Officer Esther who can help you find the right fundraising event for you. Email email@example.com.
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