EHRC report: Pressing for Progress – Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in 2018

A July 2018 report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) assesses progress on women’s rights since 2013, in areas including:

  • enhancing the status of international human rights in domestic law
  • gender-based violence, harassment and abuse
  • participation in political and civic life
  • access to civil justice
  • human trafficking and modern slavery
  • detention and asylum
  • health, living standards and social security
  • work and education

Key findings include:

  • In the UK, women make up 32% of MPs, and only 4% are ethnic minority women.
  • Four in five (79%) survivors of partner abuse do not report in to the police.
  • Women’s access to justice is limited by the absence of legal aid for most private family law, housing and debt matters, where women are over-represented.
  • The UK is the only European state without a maximum time limit for immigration detention.
  • Welfare and tax policy changes mean that lone parents, 90% of whom are women, stand to lose the equivalent of up to 25% of their net income.
  • While real wages fell in England between 2008 and 2016, childcare
    costs rose by 48%

This report represents the response of the EHRC to the UK Government’s eighth periodic report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Access the report and executive summary.

The Guardian’s coverage of the report leads on the concern that women’s rights are under threat after Brexit.