YWT's response to ‘Fathers and the workplace’ report

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Response to Women and Equalities Committee ‘Fathers and the workplace’ report 

YWTResponding to the Women and Equalities Committee’s report on ‘Fathers and the workplace’, Young Women’s Trust chief executive Dr Carole Easton OBE said: 

“We will only achieve gender equality when fathers are able to share equally in childcare. Many employers are still discriminating against women who have or may have children. 

“Young Women’s Trust supports the Women and Equalities Committee recommendations to help parents share childcare, including by improving parental leave rights and ensuring families are not financially penalised by the father taking time off.

“We also support making flexible working the norm. Much greater provision of part-time and flexible work would help parents and carers to balance childcare and work. 

“Without action, today’s young women face a lifetime of inequality.” 

ENDS 

Notes to editor: 

  1. Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 16-30 trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty. The charity provides services and runs campaigns to make sure that the talents of young women don't go to waste.
  2. The Women and Equalities Committee conducted an inquiry into fathers and the workplace and found that workplace policies are currently failing working dads.
  3. For more information or to speak to a case study, please contact Bex Bailey on bex.bailey@youngwomenstrust.org or 07963018281.

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