WOMEN’S RIGHTS campaigner and former politician Fiona Mactaggart has been appointed the new chair of Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk.
Ms Mactaggart, who was MP for Slough and is a former Home Office Minister and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, will chair Agenda’s new board.
Agenda campaigns to ensure women and girls at risk of abuse, poverty and inequality get the support and protection they need. The organisation was publically launched in January 2016.
Ms Mactaggart says: “Many of the most disadvantaged women and girls in our society have suffered abuse and are then left to face multiple problems, like poor mental health and addiction without the help they need.
“The results are bad for these women and for the society we all live in. I am proud to join Agenda, which in its short life has already helped to drive greater understanding of their needs.”
Ms Mactaggart replaces Baroness Lola Young of Hornsey, who was previously chair of Agenda’s steering group.
Katharine Sacks-Jones, Chief Executive of Agenda, said: “It is fantastic to have Fiona on board.
“She brings a wealth of experience and expertise in women’s rights and campaigning – as well as a commitment to these issues.
“We are looking forward to working with Fiona to drive forward change for women and girls and ensure their voices are heard at the highest levels.
“I’d also like to extend a huge thank you to Baroness Young whose passion and dedication was instrumental in Agenda’s development.”
Ms Sacks-Jones, the inaugural Chief Executive of Agenda, will shortly be going on maternity leave, handing over to Jemima Olchawski, currently Head of Policy and Insights at the Fawcett Society.
The new board includes Victoria Harfield (treasurer), Liz Hogarth, Polly Neate, Esther Sample, Sarah Hughes, Shivani Uberoi, Lynn Percival and Rebecca Gill.