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

‘Disabled women experience disproportionate levels of all forms of violence and abuse from carers, partners and those in the community’ says a July 2018 report (pdf) from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

This report looks at the state of women’s rights in Great Britain in 2018.

It assesses the progress on women’s rights since 2013 and makes recommendations to the UK and Welsh governments, 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.

The report finds:

  • Only 4% of MPs are ethnic minority local councils is also unequal
  • Four in five (79%) survivors of partner abuse do not report it to the police’
  • An EHRC survey of 50 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people (half of whom were women) found that verbal abuse, intimidation and harassment on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity were identified as regular experiences
  • Sex discrimination and equal pay claims, in which women represent four-fifths of claimants, fell by 76% and 57% respectively by 2017
  • The UK is the only European state without a maximum time limit for immigration detention
  • 11% of mothers reported that they were forced to leave their job, equivalent to 54,000 women every year.

The report has been submitted to the United Nations as part of their work on monitoring the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the international human rights treaty that focuses specifically on equality between women and men in all areas of life.

Read the full report (pdf).

Read the report summary (pdf).