Remembering Denise


At Rights of Women we were hugely saddened to hear about the death of our Patron, Denise Robertson, last week.

Denise became our Patron in 2010 as part of our 35th anniversary celebrations but before that she had a long association with Rights of Women, regularly signposting women to our legal advice services and helping us launch our publication, From A to Z: a woman’s guide to the law in 2007.

Her advice was a comfort to many, many thousands of women through her work on television and her website. Through that work she was aware of the inequalities that women experienced in their lives and felt passionately about wanting to change that. She felt the pain of the women who sought her help very keenly. At our 40th anniversary conference in October 2016 she said,

“In my 40 years as an agony aunt I have seen huge progress in the lives of women. We should be wrapped in clover. But we are not. In the family courts women are routinely left baffled. I have shed tears over some of the letters I’ve had.”

Denise had enormous compassion and tenacity. She would not stop until she had an answer to a woman’s problem. Despite her very busy life, she was also fiercely committed to Rights of Women and supported us in so many ways.

“You are not an organisation, you are a lifeline in a difficult and uncertain world. That is why I support Rights of Women.”

The thoughts of all our Trustees, staff and volunteers are with Denise’s family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.

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