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At Women in Defence UK collaboration with our partners is vital.

Becoming a partner demonstrates an organisation's commitment to achieving an inclusive environment that celebrates all genders and highlights its support for the continual drive for gender equity.

Through inspiring, challenging and working towards a critical mass of women, we put our words into actions. The more you get involved, the more we can give back, and the greater the change we can make.

There are four distinct types of partnerships, all of which are aligned to inspirational women through the ages.

Pankhurst partnership

Our Pankhurst partnership offer is named after Emmeline Pankhurst, the famous suffragette who started the movement and fought hard for equal voting rights for women. We use her famous ‘Deeds not Words’ as our slogan.

Each of the Pankhurst partnerships is aligned with one of our purposes – Critical Mass, Challenge and Inspire.

All Pankhurst partnerships have been taken for 2024.

Lovelace partnership

Our Lovelace partnership offer is named after Ada Lovelace, mathematician, who is regarded as being the world’s first computer programmer.

Our Lovelace partnerships include our Critical Mass work and have a particular focus on the Women in Defence UK Awards.

Fawcett partnership

Our Fawcett partnership offer is named after Millicent Fawcett, another famous suffragette who was the head of the National Union for Women’s Suffrage Societies and whose aim was to win women’s suffrage through debate and peaceful marches.

Whilst all our partnerships are underpinned by the same common purpose and Critical Mass goal, our Fawcett partnerships also include a table at the Awards Dinner.

2024 Fawcett partnerships are available at a cost of £12,500 (VAT Excl). Partnerships last for twelve months from the date of signature.

Franklin partnership

Our Franklin partnership offer is named after Rosalind Franklin, a British chemist whose pioneering work was central to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite.

Franklin focuses on our Critical Mass work. This work will bring together the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion practitioners from across the sector to share gender equity challenges and how they are over-coming those challenges. The output will be a shared critical mass of leading practice and knowledge that should really start to move the dial towards achieving a critical mass of women in the sector.

2024 Franklin partnerships are on sale at a cost of £6,250 (VAT Excl). Partnerships last for twelve months from the date of signature.

Value of partnering with us


Being part of something bigger – work with us towards creating a critical mass of women in the sector


Build networks – get together and collaborate with peers to share insight and inspiration


Celebrate and recognise exceptional people in defence – some partners will join us at our annual awards dinner


Extend your brand reach, leverage and affiliation – we have a strong brand with high social media impact: for example, during our awards ceremony we created 5.8m impressions and 3.2m reach


Demonstrate social value – boost the impact of your tenders and bids aligning to Cabinet Office Social Value scoring


Get access to top talent – Discounted rates for job adverts on our careers website (20% discount on the silver package)


Give your team new opportunities – secondment and placement opportunities with Women in Defence UK.


Accelerate gender equity in defence with us