Women and the Church (WATCH) is a national organisation working actively for gender justice, equality and inclusion in the Church of England.
Founded in 1996 with ten over-arching aims, we have achieved one: the appointment of women as bishops.
Even though our first female bishops have been appointed, we still face an enormous disparity in the numbers of women and men appointed to senior leadership roles or chosen to run parishes.
We have a long way to go.
Women contribute to the life and work of their churches in myriad ways. We support, respect and encourage laywomen, and want to ensure their status and place in the church is undiminished while that of ordained women rises.
Together we can ensure gender justice is achieved throughout the Church.
We recognise the urgent need for campaigning and support work on gender-based violence. Other agencies are doing excellent work in this area and therefore we leave that to them. ‘Restored’ is one such alliance across the churches.
There is much more to do, explore, challenge and discover in God’s intention for women and men together.