The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Sex Equality is a cross-party group of MPs and peers, and provides a forum for discussing sex equality and associated issues. The Fawcett Society runs the APPG on behalf of the officers and members.

Current officers:

  • Jess Phillips MP: Chair
  • Alison Thewliss MP: Officer
  • Bambos Charalambous MP: Officer
  • Bernard Jenkin MP: Officer
  • Baroness Hollis of Heigham: Officer

The next meeting of the APPG on Sex Equality is on Monday 11th June, 15:15-16:15, in Committee Room 20 in the House of Commons. Please note this event is only open to members of the APPG. To book your ticket, please follow this link.  

About our latest meeting

Sexual harassment and assault: where do we go from here?

24th January 2018: This meeting was intended to galvanise support to take action to address the issue of sexual harassment, and focused on what cultural, political and legal changes are needed to take place to end sexual harassment in politics. Attendees also discussed the barriers to these changes, and addressed how best victims can be supported and encouraged to speak out.

Previous meetings

Date Title Summary
10th October 2017 Intersecting inequalities and invisible women The APPG on Sex Equality and APPG on Race and Community held a joint event attended by parliamentarians and key stakeholders. Panellists discussed the report launched by Women’s Budget Group and Runnymede Trust on the impact of austerity on BME women.
13th September 2017 AGM and the impact of leaving the EU on women’s rights and gender equality The APPG on Sex Equality was relaunched following its inaugural AGM of this Parliament. The APPG hosted a panel session where Clare Collier, human rights and equality lawyer at the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), Rachel Crasnow QC, and Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society discussed the potential impact of leaving the European Union on women’s rights and gender equality from a legal perspective.
19th October 2016 Experience of employment The APPG on Sex Equality hosted a meeting exploring the experiences of women in work, looking through the lens of race and faith.
9th June 2016 Counting every woman The APPG on Sex Equality hosted an evidence panel from David Freeman of the ONS, Dr Marc Verlot of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and Chris Payne of the ONS, and discussed problems that parliamentarians and policy makers face when trying to gather data on women’s issues, particularly those marginalized by multiple kinds of disadvantage.
3rd February 2016 State of the Nation The APPG on Sex Equality presented a review of the recent research showing how whilst attitudes to sex equality amongst the population are broadly positive, younger men and women are increasingly pessimistic that they will be able to overcome the gendered challenges they expect to face. The meeting concluded with the launch of an inquiry into Invisible Women – women who fall under the radar of the public