Opinion piece: We should be championing International Women’s Day every day

In a blog for the Chartered Institute of Housing, Andrew King shared his thoughts on whether the housing sector is doing enough to tackle domestic abuse.

Andrew said: “This year’s International Women’s Day called for everyone to ‘Choose to Challenge’. From challenge comes change and this is something we certainly need. Change in how women are perceived, how they are treated and how they are valued.

“This day of celebration promoted men and women working together to accelerate gender parity. But if we are to achieve this in the future, we need to be championing women’s agendas every day of the year. And I firmly believe that the housing sector can play a vital role in making this happen.

“Over the years, we’ve made a big impact at Stonewater in bringing issues such as domestic abuse to the fore. But sadly, this violence is still rife.

“I believe the housing sector is capable of bringing about a whole system change. The CIH’s Make a Stand campaign has already significantly raised awareness of the role housing can play in response to domestic abuse and violence against women and girls. Now, with cases still increasing, it’s time to challenge society to put a stop to it.”

You can read the full article on the Chartered Institute of Housing website