20 May 2019
Maria Miller MP, Chair of the cross-party Women and Equalities Select Committee, will present a bill to Parliament on 21st May which will prohibit employers from making women redundant during pregnancy and for six months after their return from maternity leave except in exceptional circumstances.
The Pregnancy and Maternity (Protection from Redundancy) Bill is backed by women’s organisations Maternity Action ¹ and the Fawcett Society, and is similar to the legal model used in Germany.
The rate of redundancy for women who are pregnant, on maternity leave, or recently returned from maternity leave is more than double the rate for all women in the workforce.² The EHRC estimates that pregnancy and maternity-related discrimination costs women between £47m and £113m each year. Rosalind Bragg, Director of Maternity Action, says:
“We support this Bill because we know from the w...
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The seven Nolan principles of public life are universally recognised as representing the standards to which those who hold public office should be held accountable.
These principles – selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership – undoubtedly hold true today as high ideals. But do they also apply to those seeking public office? Those who stand for election to represent us? More importantly, do they miss the blindingly obvious? That those seeking elected office should not be, for example (just plucking something out of the air now), promoting, threatening or joking about rape.
When Lord Nolan was devising his seven principles I suspect he never once considered that someone who would seek selection for an election and who would then actually be selected by a registered political party in this country would publicly, shamelessly, behave in this way. That he would then bedefended by the leader o...
2 MAY 2019
Lack of women candidates in local elections ‘puts councils behind the times’
Women make up just a third of those running
Fawcett calls for parties to take action
New data produced by the Fawcett Society and Democracy Club finds that more than 100 years since some women first won the vote, women’s representation in local government remains stuck in slow gear. 34% of the people running in the local elections on 2nd May are women, up just three percentage points on the last time that these councils went to the polls in 2015.
If the pace of change over the last two elections is maintained, it will take over 32 years and eight election cycles for women to achieve equality on these councils. In response, the Fawcett Society is calling for political parties to take urgent action by setting targets and a plan for change.
Change for each of the major parties was small. The proportion of Labour’s candidates who are women rose to 40% in 2019 from 37...
30 APRIL 2019
On Wednesday 10th April, HP – in partnership with the Fawcett Society – hosted a roundtable discussion on the perceived barriers stopping women in the UK from joining the tech industry, drawing upon an independent HP commissioned study to find out why the industry struggles to attract women and what can be done to help.
Hosted by George Brasher and chaired by Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society, the roundtable was attended by policymakers, business figures, media and young women. This document is a note of some of the key themes and ideas arising from that roundtable.
In this briefing you will find:
An executive summary on perceptions and barriers to women entering tech
A summary of key themes discussed, including better access to retraining, an industry-wide approach to representation and creating an inclusive work environment
Key findings from HP Survey on “Perceptions and barriers to women entering tech”
30 APRIL 2019
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6 in 10 parents say product marketing “reinforces stereotypes about what girls and boys can do”
David Lammy MP and Professor Becky Francis to Co-Chair Fawcett Commission to challenge gender stereotypes
New polling by campaigning charity the Fawcett Society has uncovered widespread concern about ‘pink for girls, blue for boys’ advertising by manufacturers and retailers. Mothers (63%) and fathers (60%) were equally likely to agree that product marketing reinforces gender stereotypes. But this is not limited to parents, as over half of men and women who do not have children also agreed.
The new research comes as Fawcett launches an expert Commission on Gender Stereotypes in Early Childhood, headed up by Director of the UCL Institute of Education, Professor Becky Francis and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fatherhood, Rt Hon David Lam...
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