Over the last forty years, European Union funding has provided a safety net for people facing inequality and discrimination and offered them a chance to make their lives better.
This funding will end when the UK leaves the EU.
In this briefing, Liz Shannon, our parliamentary and policy adviser looks at the future of funding following our exit from the European Union.
‘Women are likely to be harder hit by a ‘hard Brexit’ than men…And the impact is also likely to be more negative for BME people’. This is from our contributor, Dr Sara Reis from the Women’s Budget Group on the economic impact of Brexit on women for our Gendering Brexit Blog series.
Just like the 2008 financial crisis, Brexit could be an opportunity to re-assert the centrality of core values such as equality and diversity. And yet, neither the UK government nor the EU have acknowledged their respective role in ensuring socio-economic rights in a post-Brexit settlement.
This is from our second contributor, Professor Roberta Guerrina at the University of Surrey who questions the exclusion of feminist voices from the Brexit negotiations.
We must widen understanding about the impact on women otherwise those who are disadvantaged the most by reason of ethnicity, class, income and citizenship will be truly left behind by Brexit. This is according to a June 2018 article by PolicyBristol Hub which summarises discussions from a symposium on women’s equality and Brexit.
Brexit attempts to shed minimum standards of justice and equality. This will disproportionately affect access to justice and the rights of women, BAME communities, LGBTQI, those with disabilities, workers and third country nationals. This is according to Dr Kimberley Brayson from the University of Sussex in a May 2018 article for UK in a Changing Europe.
There is an urgent need to increase support and protection for migrant women and consider measures which should be included in the Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill.
This is according to the May 2018 briefing by End Violence Against Women (EVAW) on women living in the ‘hostile environment’ (pdf).
In June 2017, Isabel Shutes and Sarah Walker wrote an article examining the gendered effects of restricting EU migrants’ access to rights to residence and to social benefits in relation to work, self-sufficiency and family.
“The Brexit vote has unearthed and reinvigorated the politics of difference and social inequalities which have for long complicated Britain’s diversity project.” Sweta Rajan-Rankin writes from a a Black Feminist perspective to ‘agitate’ the dominant Brexit logic, based on the ‘new populism’ argument in a 2017 article for Feminists@Law.
In January 2017, the Scottish Women’s Convention (SWC) organised a conference following discussions from women throughout the country, who have expressed concerns about Scotland’s place in the negotiations on the UK leaving.
The Women’s Budget Group have collated members’ analysis of Brexit and its potential impact on British women.