On Tuesday 17 January, Maternity Action will be hosting an event at Westminster Hall to launch three short videos to address pregnancy discrimination.
The videos, which have been developed in consultation with pregnant women and new mothers, aim to increase women’s knowledge about their health and safety rights at work during pregnancy and build their confidence to take action against pregnancy-related discrimination in the workplace.
They say: ‘Recent research published by BIS and the EHRC shows that 54,000 women a year are forced out of work because of pregnancy or maternity-related discrimination. Very few women raise a concern with their employer for a number of reasons, including: unfamiliarity with their rights at work or processes to resolve disputes; fear of losing their job; and lack of confidence or support. These video resources, informed by new mothers and pregnant women, aim to increase the knowledge, skills and confidence of pregnant women and new mothers to take action on workplace disputes.’
The video launch will be followed by a panel discussion, with speakers including · Jo Bird, equalities officer at USDAW · Alison Thewliss MP · Sarah Champion MP · Maria Miller MP
Attendees are welcome to bring their partners, children and babies: there will be space to park buggies, a craft table for kids and refreshments for both children and adults.