Sam Smethers on the multiple barriers women face in employment and especially in political life
Sam Smethers, former CEO of the Fawcett Society,talks about our current male model of leadership and states that we need to model a different form of leadership that can include women. She says that we massively underestimate the value of women's work and that CEDAW is relevant to every aspect of women's lives.
Annette Lawson talks about the need for a National body to address women's issues as required by CED
Annette Lawson who has held several major roles in women's organisations including a prominent role on the WNC (Women's National Commission) which was closed in 2010, talks about the need for a gendered lens on all policies that affect women and the need to have some way of having women's voices heard. The lack of such a mechanism was criticised in the 2019 CEDAW report to the UK
Kevin Hyland talks about the trafficking of women and girls and the importance of CEDAW
Kevin Hyland, who was a police officer for 30 years and now works for the Santa Marta Group, talks from his own experience about a range of issues that affect women and girls including trafficking. From 2014-2018 he was the first Independent Commissioner on Slavery, He covers CEDAW Article 6 and General Recommendations 19,26 and 38. He concludes that consideration of women and girls issues would be greater if CEDAW or a Bill of Rights were in place and that if CEDAW were incorporated into UK domestic law it would hold police chiefs etc to account and build up accountability.
Barry Harwood discusses how women in the workplace are affected by menopause discrimination
Barry Harwood has a legal practice and has helped women who have experienced discrimination in the workplace. He states that the symptoms that menopause causes could amount to a disability so reasonable adjustments should be made by employers to keep talented women in the workplace. He concludes that the way women with menopausal symptoms are treated is just one example of the discrimination women face and that a stand alone Bill of Rights is to be welcomed.
Zlakha Ahmed talks about the importance of BAME women's organisations in supporting women
Zlakha Ahmed from Apna Haq speaks about her 25 years of experience helping BAME and migrant women. She gives examples of how current structures discriminate against women, discusses the deficiencies in the Domestic Violence Bill re: BAME and migrant women. talks about the issues of Islamic marriage and divorce and calls for basic HR protections for all women.
Baljit Banga talking about the deficiencies of the Domestic Violence Bill
Baljit Banga talks about the deficiencies in the Domestic Violence Bill and the Alternative Bill that Imkaan produced that was framed under CEDAW to include GR 19,23 25 and 28 thus ensuring that specialist women's organisations are included and funded especially re their services to BAME women.She emphasises that all forms of violence against women fall within 'discrimination' under CEDAW.
International Women's Day 2022
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