Post-Brexit women’s rights charter launched at Labour conference

The Fabian Women's Network is demanding five key commitments from the government


The Fabian Women’s Network has launched a Women’s Rights Charter at Labour’s annual women’s conference in Liverpool, setting out commitments the government must make to women following the Brexit vote.

Signed by MPs, MEPs and other members of the Fabian Women’s Network committee, the charter states that in Brexit negotiations the government should:

1.     Safeguard workplace rights including equal pay, annual leave, maternity and pregnancy rights and the rights of part-time workers; and take firm action against gender discrimination and harassment in the workplace;

2.     Meet funding requirements for the work programmes currently reliant on the European Social Fund which support women moving into work;

3.     Safeguard human and reproductive rights of all women, including protecting funding for programmes addressing violence against women and girls the likes of the EU Daphne programme; safeguarding the rights of survivors of VAWG and sexual violence rights in domestic legislation and ensuring women can access the same legal remedies as they do under EU law;

4.     Continue to push for wider representation of women in top positions across all industries within the public and private sector, and step in to support female entrepreneurship and start-ups, particularly in innovation and tech;

5.     Commit to tackle the rise of hate crime and protect the rights of refugee women and ensure that the health and maternity needs of women who are imprisoned or detained are properly attended to.

Supporters are invited to add their names to the Charter via this petition.

See also: What has the EU ever done for women’s rights? Quite a lot actually.

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