Fawcett Society report: Sex Discrimination Law Review

Our legal system is failing women and needs fundamental reform, finds a January 2018 report (pdf) from the Fawcett Society.

The report explores eight themes and makes recommendations for improvement. These themes are:  Brexit, women in the workplace, violence against women, hate crime and misogyny, promoting equality, access to justice, multiple discrimination and sex equality in Northern Ireland.

Key findings include:

Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society said:

“What we see is a deeply misogynistic culture where harassment and abuse are endemic and normalised coupled with a legal system that lets women down because in many cases it doesn’t provide access to justice.’

Dame Laura Cox, Chair of the Review Panel said:

“The evidence we received, of increasing levels of violence, abuse and harassment against women, was deeply disturbing. A lack of access to justice for such women has wide-ranging implications not only for the women themselves, but also for society as a whole and for public confidence in our justice system.’

Download an executive summary (pdf) or the full report (pdf).