Wednesday 7 March 2018

Emmaus co-founder Lucie Coutaz remembered on International Women’s Day

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The woman who helped to set up an international movement dedicated to fighting the causes of poverty, is being remembered this International Women’s Day (IWD). Lucie Coutaz worked alongside Abbé Pierre to develop Emmaus in the 1950s in France. In 1991 the charity was brought to the UK and now supports around 780 formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and meaningful work.

As an active member of the resistance during the Second World War, Lucie later dedicated her life to Emmaus, but while Abbé Pierre became the figurehead of Emmaus, Lucie Coutaz used her organisational prowess, pragmatism, discretion and leadership to grow the movement internationally. The charity now operates in 37 countries on four continents. Abbé Pierre described her as:

the one, without whom, nothing would have been possible."

Born in 1899 in Grenoble, Coutaz was involved with Emmaus until her death in 1982, and was also awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Bronze Star in 1945 for her courage and contribution to the French Resistance.

Simon Grainge, Emmaus UK Chief Executive commented:

Lucie Coutaz played an instrumental role in the development of the Emmaus movement.  With gender parity the focus of this years’ International Women’s Day, we’re mindful that Lucie’s role and her significance is often ignored due to the inequalities that existed and continue to exist today. We’re grateful for her vision, skills and dedication to help others which has enabled Emmaus UK and its international partners to offer hope for individuals, enabling them to lead brighter futures that also benefit their wider communities."

For press enquiries contact Marcia Springer, Communications Officer at Emmaus via email - marcia.springer@emmaus.org.uk or call 0121 272 2745/07827 360580.

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