We launched the Sex Discrimination Law Review to defend legislative protections for women in the face of Brexit, and also chart a course for the future by setting a progressive agenda for women's rights in the UK.

Help us make sure that gender equality doesn’t lag even further behind other countries in Europe. Donate to our Sex Discrimination Law Review.

What is the Sex Discrimination Law Review? 

We've brought together an incredible panel of experts to look at the detail of the law for sex equality in the UK. Together, we are looking at gaps in current provisions, and building legislation fit for the 21st century.

The Review has a broad remit, including:

  • Employment law & discrimination including pregnancy discrimination, sexist dress codes, equal pay including pension provision
  • The application of the definition of indirect discrimination
  • Family friendly rights for parents and carers including possible consolidation
  • Harassment including on the internet and social media
  • Hate crime and its limits
  • Multiple discrimination, particularly intersectional discrimination and whether Section 14 of the Equality Act 2010 in its current form is sufficient
  • Public sector equality duty and specific duties
  • The balance of individual rights vs the responsibility of the organisation to promote equality
  • Access to justice
  • Sex Equality legislation in Northern Ireland and the differences between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK

Listen to Sam Smethers and Karen Monaghan QC speak about Fawcett's Sex Discrimination Law Review at the University of Law here.

Our panel sessions have now ended, but we are still accepting submissions to be considered at a later date. Please send all evidence to lawreview@fawcettsociety.org.uk.

The Review is kindly funded by Fawcett Society members. We are particularly grateful for donations from Adrian Webb who has donated in memory of his late wife, Clare, and from Stefan Cross QC and Action4Equality. Without their support this Review would not be possible.

Our panel members are:

  • Dame Laura Cox DBE, Chair
  • Gay Moon, Lead and co-ordinator
  • Sam Smethers, Fawcett Society
  • Anna Beale, Cloisters
  • Rachel Crasnow QC, Cloisters
  • Daphne Romney QC, Cloisters
  • Louise Whitfield, Deighton Piece Glynn Law
  • Prof Aileen McColgan, KCL
  • Karon Monaghan QC, Matrix Law
  • Prof Colm O’Cinneide, UCL
  • Muriel Robison, Glasgow University, formerly EOC and EHRC
  • Matthew Creagh, TUC
  • Rachel Krys, EVAW
  • Sarah Lowe, EHRC
  • Katie Woods, Maternity Action
  • Sarah Jackson, Working Families 

How can you get involved?

Submit evidence

We want to gather evidence from a wide range of individuals, organisations, legal experts, employers and trade unions. Please send your written submissions to lawreview@fawcettsociety.org.uk. This may include articles or reports which are already in the public domain which you want to bring to our attention.

You can also contact us via Twitter at @fawcettsociety, or even message us on Facebook.

Tell us:

  • What are the rights you want to protect?
  • Where are the gaps in our legislative framework?
  • What works well now? What doesn’t work well?
  • What do we need to put in place for the future?
  • We also want to hear from individuals who have experienced discrimination or harassment. Has the law worked for you?

If you have any other queries, contact us at lawreview@fawcettsociety.org.uk.

Donate to our Review

We urgently need your support to consider the effectiveness of current laws, and safeguard protections for women, who could be at the bottom of the list of priorities when Britain leaves the European Union.

Help us make sure that gender equality doesn’t lag even further behind other countries in Europe. Donate to our Sex Discrimination Law Review.