For hundreds of years, women have worked to achieve basic rights at home, at work and in public life; rights that could be eroded when Britain leaves the European Union. We launched #FaceHerFuture with over 20 women's and equalities organisations as a collective call to action to defend our rights, and chart a course for a more equal, progressive future.

Do you believe in defending our rights post-Brexit?

During the UK’s departure from the EU, we want to:

  • Guarantee women’s rights and promote a positive agenda for progress.
  • See women represented throughout the process and at every level.
  • Unite our communities and tackle racism, misogyny and all hate crime.
  • Ensure women are not hit hardest if there is an economic downturn.

We are campaigning with other women's rights organisations to call on all political parties and those involved in EU negotiations to ensure women are equally and fairly represented at the decision making table.

What can you do to defend women's rights?

Our campaigning together is already making a difference. 

Thanks to our campaigning for #FaceHerFuture, the Government has committed not to erode working rights ahead of Brexit.

Peers from across the political spectrum stood up to support our call for amendments to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, at a House of Lords debate focused on gender equality issues recently.

Among them, Baroness Altman (Conservative) said: "Brexit must not put women’s progress and prosperity at risk. It must also not dilute parental and paternity rights." We also saw support from Lord Pannick (cross bench), Lord Cashman (Labour), Baroness Ludford (Liberal Democrat), and Lord Kirkhope (Conservative). 

Most significantly, Lord Duncan, the Minister in charge of responding to the amendments tabled, gave "a categorical assurance that there shall be no erosion of the working time directive".

This is a significant step forward, and will make it harder to roll back significant worker rights. As peers return to vote on amendments to the Bill in April, Fawcett will continue our #FaceHerFuture work to ensure a more progressive post-Brexit future for us all. Keep supporting us by getting up to date on our latest briefings below and becoming a member today.


Read our #FaceHerFuture briefings 

Exploring the economic impact of Brexit on women

We have published the first independent report looking at the economic impact of Brexit on women with the Women’s Budget Group. The report shows the economic impact of Brexit will hit women hard, leading to lost jobs, cuts to services and a squeeze on family budgets. Read the full report here.

EU (Withdrawal) Bill House of Lords Committee Stage briefing

Our briefing, published ahead of the second reading of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill at the House of Lords, sets out the Face Her Future's main concerns related to the Brexit Bill, and raises a number of questions we want to see peers support during the passage of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill through the House of Lords. Read the briefing here

You can read all our briefings related to Brexit here


Read our Sex Discrimination Law Review

Our ground-breaking new Sex Discrimination Law Review is out - a landmark report that has only been possible through the generous donations of our supporters. The Review reveals just how endemic and normalised sexual harassment is in our society. The law isn’t working and change isn’t happening fast enough.  

The discrimination, harassment, misogyny and violence that women experience on a daily basis shows no sign of abating. Half of all women have experienced sexual harassment at work, and 1 in 5 women aged over 16 have experienced sexual assault. At the same time, women’s access to justice and redress has diminished.

Our legal system must see urgent reform. Only with your help can we demand a fairer legal system, one that does not fail women. If you believe in the work we do, donate to help us keep campaigning today.

Alternatively, text FACE20 £10 (or however much you’d like to give) to 70070 to donate.

Your donation will be spent on funding experts' time to review our laws, engaging other organisations to create a network of expertise and national support, and working with government officials to guarantee Britain's future as a progressive and equal society.


Read our post-Brexit Britain blog

How will Brexit affect our rights, and what should we do to defend them? Our partner organisations offer their insights in these blogs:

Who are you fighting for? Tell us online!

Show your solidarity with #FaceHerFuture by sharing a photo of yourself and someone whose rights you want to protect and advance as we enter uncertain times. This is who you are fighting for.

  • Post a picture of yourself with people who are important to you
  • Tweet your picture using #FaceHerFuture. Don't forget to tag us at @fawcettsociety and tag anyone in the picture, asking them to pass it on and do the same
  • Tell us what rights you want them to be able to enjoy going into the future

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