Women in Social Housing (WISH) has welcomed the National Housing Federation (NHF) – the voice of housing associations in England – as its latest corporate member.
WISH is an independent networking organisation for women working in the affordable housing and construction sectors with nine regional groups.
It focuses on encouraging more women to choose housing and construction as a career and supports the progression of women already in the sector, challenging stereotypes and barriers.
NHF CEO Kate Henderson and WISH executive director Nicola Dibb met to discuss how membership of WISH could be of benefit to the federations employees and to formalise the arrangement – which will see the two organisations work together to address the issue of gender equality across the housing sector.
Dibb said that the NHF, whose members provide 2.6 million homes for more than six million people, is a ‘perfect fit’ for WISH.
Commenting on the announcement, Kate Henderson said: “We are thrilled that the National Housing Federation has signed up to become a corporate member of WISH, and we look forward to working together in our mission to address gender equality.
“With over 900 members, it is in a strong position to help support WISH’s mission to promote the benefits of networking for women, encourage new talent, and support existing talent to remain in the sector and help boost gender equality across housing and construction generally.
“We look forward to welcoming NHF members to our events.”
As a Corporate Plus Member of the WISH London region, the NHF will be able to access events in all of WISH’s nine regions.
“The National Housing Federation is delighted to be a corporate member of Women in Social Housing,” said Henderson.
“Housing associations have a strong history of building good-quality homes and inclusive communities for everyone. But we know we need to do much more to ensure the leadership of our organisations are as diverse as the communities we serve.
“Gender equality is vital for everyone, and we are proud to stand with WISH in doing everything we can to improve opportunities for women to become housing leaders,” she added.