March Of The Mummies

When I fell pregnant I experienced discrimination. From people on the street, to the education system, to the workplace. When you are in a wave of emotions, the last thing that you want to do is file a tribunal or complain about the way you have been treated. For me, I didn't even realise that what I was facing was discrimination until it was too late to do anything. 

77% of women experience negativity or discrimination in the workplace whilst pregnant which is a shocking statistic when you really sit back and think about it.  To campaign against a change, Pregnant Then Screwed are hosting a March Of The Mummies today across 6 different cities to shout about maternity discrimination.

Whist I wish that I could be there, due to the train costing too much I will be taking part in a virtual walk. I will be shouting about maternity discrimination, sharing my story and making sure that others don't face the problems and discrimination I did.

The requests are simple, the government know the problems women face, but they don't put anything in place to combat the issue that faces thousands of women each day.
  1. Increase the time limit to raise a tribunal claim from 3 months to (at least) 6 months
  2. Require companies to report on how many flexible working requests are made and how many are granted
  3. Give both parents access to 6 weeks parental leave paid at 90% of salary
  4. Give the self-employed access to statutory shared parental pay
  5. Subsidise childcare from 6 months old, rather than 3 years  
Until maternity discrimination is addressed, women will continue to feel and face judgement based on the fact they have a womb. Things need to change, things can't be like this.

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