We thought it would be useful to list all the wonderful Labour policies that will transform the lives of women in this country.

Women and Equalities

  • Create a new Department for Women and Equalities with a full-time Secretary of State.
  • Establish a modernised national women’s commission as an independent advisory body to contribute to a Labour government.
  • Protect women in abusive relationships by splitting Universal credit payments and paying the child element to the primary carer.
  • State Pensions: Design a system of recompense for the losses and insecurity WASPI women have suffered.
  • Disability with dignity: Ensure that disabled people can be independent and equal in society through the new department for women and equalities.

Women in employment

  • Close the gender pay gap by 2030. (Women still paid 13% less than men, 50 years after Equal Pay Act).
  • Make the state responsible for enforcing equal pay legislation.
  • Require all employers with over 250 employees to obtain government certification on gender equality or face further auditing and fines 

(a lower threshold to workplaces with 50 employees by the end of 2020).

  • Increase paid maternity leave from nine to 12 months. 
  • Double paternity leave to four weeks.
  • Strengthen pregnancy protection in work – including a ban on the dismissal of pregnant women without prior approval of the inspectorate.
  • Require all large employers to have flexible working.
  • Require all large employers to have a menopause policy.
  • Introduce a right for all workers to request flexibility over their hours from the first day of employment.
  • Allow positive action for recruitment to roles where employers can justify the need for more diversity.
  • Ensure that single-sex-based exemptions in the Equality Act 2010 are understood and fully enforced in service provision.
  • Introduce ten days of paid leave for survivors of domestic abuse.

Violence against women

  • Provide long-term sustainable funding to women’s refuges.
  • Make misogyny and violence against women and girls a hate crime.
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