EHRC briefing - International Women's Day debate 7 March 2019

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7th March 2019

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has drafted a briefing ahead of the International Women’s Day debate.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has drafted a briefing ahead of the International Women’s Day debate, which can be found here.

The briefing follows the recent review of the UK’s gender equality record by the United Nations and the EHRC conducting its largest ever review of women rights. Encouragingly there have been areas of progress in recent years e.g. forced marriage has been criminalised and shared parental leave has been introduced, but, as outlined in the briefing, there are key issues of concern which deserve attention where progress needs to be made.

The briefing covers the following six thematic areas, outlining the issues and providing recommendations for government:

  • Just and fair conditions of work;
  • Gender-based violence;
  • Adequate standards of living;
  • Participation in political and civic life;
  • Asylum-seeking women; and

Strengthening equality and human rights protections