Fawcett responds to the burkini ban

During August, French towns have been implementing a 'burkini ban' on beaches. This week, photographs emerged which suggest police enforced the law by asking a woman to take off her burkini. You can read more about this story here.Responding to the burkini ban Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society, said:“The burkini ban is state-sponsored coercion and control of women and we condemn it. What women wear is no business of the state or the police and it is clear that this policy is about targeting Muslim women and Muslim women only.”“But we also need to see this as part of a wider problem. Our society wants to control and own women’s bodies, whether it be images in the media, dress ...

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Fawcett responds to IFS report on gender pay gap widening for mothers

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) today released the findings of a report into the gender pay gap. The study shows that women earn 18% less per hour than men ...

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Fawcett awards medals for worst offenders in the #SexistOlympics

The 2016 Rio Olympics has seen the media reach new lows, to make what should be a celebration of what humans can achieve into another glaring demonstration that sexism is ...

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Labour leadership contenders commit to gender balanced leadership

The Labour Leadership contenders, Owen Smith and Jeremy Corbyn, have both made commitments to gender balanced leadership and maintaining women’s representation after boundary changes, the Labour Women's Network have announced.Fawcett CEO ...

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Fawcett responds to NHS board quotas

Last week the NHS announced it would be introducing 50:50 quotas to get more women on NHS Trust boards. The findings of the report 'Action not words – Making NHS boards ...

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Fawcett responds to women’s representation in Parliament inquiry

The Women and Equalities Select Committee are launching an inquiry to insure women are not disadvantaged as the political map of the UK is redrawn, from 650 constituencies to 600. ...

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Fawcett Comments on BlackLivesMatter

Today has seen protests and campaigns from Black Lives Matter in the UK calling attention to racism experienced by black people in their everyday lives.Racism and sexism remain powerful ...

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It’s time to #FaceHerFuture

Today Fawcett, with the support of many other women's organisations, are launching a campaign to come together to present a positive vision for women in the UK, challenging the Government to make ...

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Women in the Cabinet – How Will May Deliver for Women?

35% of the Cabinet (up from 32%) are women and just 26% (19 of 74) of junior ministers are women (it was previously 24%).Commenting on the proportion of women in ...

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Fawcett comments on Andrea Leadsom standing down

Andrea Leadsom MP has stood down from the Conservative leadership race, meaning Theresa May MP will now become our Prime Minister. Commenting on the events, Sam Smethers, CEO of Fawcett, said: "Andrea ...

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Defending the human rights of childbearing women from a turbulent future

In the volatile political, economic and social climate of post-referendum UK, many of us are anxious and uncertain about the ...

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