Women and the Church (WATCH) Annual Report on Women in Ministry
WATCH launched its annual report on 'Developments in Women's Minsitry 2016' at a fringe event at the Church of England General Synod.
Speaking at the event the newly elected Chair of WATCH, The Rev'd Canon Emma Percy said, "The WATCH report clearly shows that whilst much has been achieved there is still a significent way to travel before women have any degree of equality in the church. Yes we have women priests and bishops but recent appointments have shown that there continues to be a high disparity between the opportunity and prospects of male and female clergy. From the latest available figures whlst roughly equal numbers of men and women are ordained, only 27% are currently incumbents or in more senior roles. Women continue to be under-represented at Bishops' senior staff and a further 22 that only have one woman. In 2016, ten people were made bishops but only three of these were women and sadly, not one of them was appointed a Diocesan Bishop. We publish a table showing the percentage of women in incumbent level appointments by diocese. With an average of only 24% of women incumbents across all the dioceses, many fall well short even of this low percentage. So in summary, we keep WATCHing!