‘Categorising misogyny as a hate crime won’t end violence against women, but if we can challenge the normalisation of these attitudes on our streets and in public life we can challenge violence against women and girls in wider society.’ This is taken from a July 2018 open letter to the National Police Chiefs Council by Fawcett Society, Citizens UK, …
Since 1918, 490 women have been elected to parliament. In 2018, there are 209 women MPs. For every woman currently in the House of Commons, there are twice as many men. A visual essay by 50:50 Parliament illustrates the history of gender representation in the House of Commons, with detailed demographics and policy implications.
‘As a company, Twitter is failing to respect women’s rights online’.
This is according to the March 2018 research project by Amnesty International on violence and abuse against women online.
6 in 10 employers agree that a woman should have to disclose whether she is pregnant during the recruitment process.
This is according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) who have published the results of their survey on maternity discrimination in the workplace, in February 2018.
The aim of the survey was to understand managers’ attitudes around pregnancy and maternity discrimination.
Findings from the survey include:
44% of employers agree that women should work for an organisation for at least a year before deciding to have children
40% of employers claim to have seen at least one pregnant woman in their workplace ‘take advantage’ of their pregnancy
41% employers agreed that pregnancy in the workplace puts ‘an unnecessary cost burden’ on the workplace.
EHRC have also launched a February 2018 campaign to combat these negative perceptions and end discrimination against new parents. Working Forward asks businesses to join the campaign and make the pledge.
Read the research report.
Find out on the Working Forward campaign.
11 women’s charities and networks have created a website with a full rundown of the most important issues facing women in the June 2017 general election.
The Fawcett Society have called for all political parties to advance equality between women and men in their 2017 Manifesto for Women.
A national campaign to end female genital mutilation was launched in February 2017, to coincide with the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
The Women’s Budget Group released an online resource, May Monitor, in September 2016. The project aims to track the actions of Theresa May’s Government and highlight whether they will help meet the promises made by her at the start of her premiership.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission has joined forces launched Working Forward in September 2016, a new national initiative to support pregnant women and new mothers in the workplace.
Close the Gap is a partnership project working in Scotland on women’s participation in the labour market. The project works with employers, employees and policymakers to enable and encourage action to address the causes of women’s inequality at work.