Progress Housing Group's Chief Executive Jacqui De-Rose writes for International Women's Day

International Women’s Day helps us to recognise the contribution women make to our society. Often we think of those women who have held public office or have a national or even international profile, but the women who work every day without a significant public profile are the people I would like to celebrate today.

Every single day in our work as a housing association we come across women who are heroines on a daily basis. Some go out to work, some stay at home, some care for children or elders, some face discrimination, some face homelessness, some are lonely, some are ill, some face domestic violence, but all find strength from within to do the very best they can.

Thousands of people live in poor standard or insecure housing in our society, and at Progress we believe everyone has the right to a decent home. We are committed to providing good quality, secure housing in our communities and to support people so that they can have a fulfilling life. This is what we mean when we talk about making a positive difference.

I started working in housing because I believe a good quality secure home is the corner stone for a healthy life. Without it we don’t have the stability or good health to do all the things we want to do in our lives. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could say no one is homeless in our society? Isn’t it dreadful that thousands of people wake up each morning not knowing where they will sleep tonight, and whether they will be safe and warm.

I want to be part of a society that cares about people, challenges inequality, stands up for people who need support, values all individuals and changes things for the better. I see women every day doing this and working towards a more inclusive, fair and positive society.
Let’s celebrate everything women do - today on International Women’s day and every day.

Jacqui -blog 



Jacqui De-Rose

Group Chief Executive - Progress Housing Group