The Women and Equalities Committee and the Petitions Committee of the House of Commons published a joint report on high heels and workplace dress codes in January 2017.
The benefit sanctions system has come under increased scrutiny in recent years – particularly since the introduction of a new system of rules for the key unemployment benefit, jobseeker’s allowance (JSA), in October 2012.
The Family and Childcare Trust published its sixteenth annual Childcare Survey in February 2017.
The Women and Equalities Committee published the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 5 in the UK report in March 2017.
The Women’s Budget Group published their full gender impact assessment of the 2017 Spring Budget in March 2017.
The Young Women’s Trust published the ‘What matters to young mums?’ report in March 2017.
The Women’s Budget Group published a briefing paper on social care in March 2017. The WBG noted that women bore the brunt of the crisis in social care – the majority of those in need of care and the majority of the care workforce, paid and unpaid, are women.
The TUC published an analysis of maternity pay in March 2017. Based on research from the International Network on Leave Policies and Research, the TUC found that British mothers get one of the lowest amounts of decently-paid maternity leave in Europe.
In March 2016, The Trade Union Congress (TUC) published a short report on how Britain’s membership of the EU has led to significant improvements in the rights of women at work.
In a March 2017 article for PolicyBristol, Sue Cohen looks at the advancement of women’s rights under EU law – and what the UK must do in order to achieve gender equality.