News from WATCH

The death of Her Majesty The Queen

September 11th, 2022

WATCH reflects with gratitude on the dedicated and faithful life of Queen Elizabeth II. As a charity committed to promoting the full inclusion of women in the Church of England, we regularly rejoiced in her role as Supreme Governor of the Church. She was truly a woman whose devoted leadership sets an example to all… Read more »

The Rev’d Stephen France – RIP

September 8th, 2022

Rev Stephen France – RIP It is with deep sadness that we pass on the news that Revd Stephen France died on the 1st September. Stephen was a valued member of the WATCH National Committee for a number of years and served as Vice Chair. His civil service background meant that he was excellent at presenting… Read more »

The CNC elections and fair appointments?

July 17th, 2022

In the University where I work there is a constant concern to ensure that the appointment processes for all jobs are fair. We discuss the best ways to minimise unconscious bias and how to help all candidates to perform at their best in an interview. This is especially important for people whose gender, ethnicity or… Read more »

Jean Mayland RIP – An Obituary

January 13th, 2022

Jean Mayland 1936-2021 When I was asked to write Jean’s obituary, I decided, in order to make it inclusive as Jean was, it should contain the voices of those who knew, loved and admired her. In this way it would be a fitting tribute to a remarkable woman who influenced so many and changed the… Read more »

A Statement from WATCH on the Implementation and Dialogue Group’s report on the House of Bishops’ Declaration

July 6th, 2021

STATEMENT FROM WATCH Implementation and Dialogue Group on the House of Bishops’ Declaration: Report of the Group WATCH has read with interest the long-awaited report from the Implementation and Dialogue Group on the House of Bishops’ Declaration (GS 2225). While there is much to welcome in the Report, the evidence, commentary and analysis contained within… Read more »

A Statement from WATCH

June 27th, 2021

The trustees of WATCH welcome Emma’s return to the role of Chair.

A Report on the developments in Women’s Ministry 2020 – Press Release

March 8th, 2021

WATCH have now published their annual analysis of data based on the statistics collected by the Church of England Research and Statistics Department. Our analysis shows that there continues to be a disproportionately higher number of male than female clergy in both stipendiary and senior roles. We also see that a significant majority of ordinands… Read more »

Voting for an Inclusive Synod

March 1st, 2021

The General Synod election process was to have taken place last year [2020], but due to the pandemic General Synod’s last meeting of the current term was postponed to July 2021. The elections to a new Synod were therefore postponed to September 2021, and the Inclusive Election Campaign that began in 2019 had to be… Read more »

A statement from WATCH in light of the allegations against Martyn Percy

November 22nd, 2020

In the circumstances, and with the full support of trustees of WATCH, Emma is standing aside as Chair for the time being. Our thoughts and prayers are with Emma, Martyn, and all those involved at this time

WATCH Publish an introduction and guide to the Five Guiding Principles

October 15th, 2020

Six years ago, in 2014, the Church of England finally passed legislation to make it possible for women to be appointed as bishops. The church and the country breathed a sigh of relief that women were at last regarded as equal to men in the church. Except that was not completely true. A majority of… Read more »