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The Women and Work All Party Parliamentary Group

The Women and Work APPG provides a forum to constructively examine and debate the role that policy makers can play to deliver gender balance within the economy.

About the Group

2019 Theme

In 2019 the Women and Work APPG’s theme will be Inclusivity and Intersectionality. Throughout its work over the past three years the APPG has recognised and highlighted the fact that women are not a homogenous group, and that a focus on gender alone can sometimes be misleading. We have heard evidence from witnesses as to how different aspects of identity such as age, race, disability, or income can affect an individual’s experience of recruitment and employment. In 2019 the APPG will seek to shine a spotlight on this intersectionality, exploring how a better understanding of the concept can support a more inclusive workplace. The group will hold a series of meetings examining best practice and solutions for improving and supporting inclusivity, seeking to understand intersectionality through the lens of employment. The programme will start with a thematic introduction, and then examine action

Previous work

In 2018 the APPG looked at How to Recruit Women for the 21st Century, examining proposals to improve female recruitment across the employment and labour market, and has published a report on the topic.

In 2017 the APPG conducted an inquiry looking at how the Government’s Industrial Strategy could help to deliver gender balance within the UK economy, and published its second report, Making the Industrial Strategy Work for Women.

The APPG’s first annual report, Women Returners, summarises the findings of the Group’s 2016 programme of activity. The recommendations helped to shape policy with the introduction of £5m funding for returnships in the Spring Budget.

The Women and Work APPG provides a forum to constructively examine and debate the role that policy makers can play to deliver gender balance within the economy. It also allows Members of Parliament and interested stakeholders to examine the responsibilities of employers and explore what more is required from the private, public and third sectors to deliver the Government’s ambitions for women and work.

Group chairs

Co-Chair Jess Phillips MP Labour, Birmingham Yardley

jessphillips.net @jessphillips   Jess Phillips has been the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley since 2015. She has committed her life to improving the lives of others, especially the most vulnerable, and spent five years working for Women’s Aid supporting and defending women. Jess became a councillor in 2012 through the Labour Future Candidates Programme. In this role she worked tirelessly to support residents, with her work being recognised when she became Birmingham’s first ever Victims Champion.

Co-Chair Gillian Keegan MP Conservative, Chichester

www.gilliankeegan.com @gilliankeegan   Gillian was elected as the MP for Chichester in 2017. Having spent 25 years working and living abroad, working in the manufacturing, banking and IT industries, Gillian switched her focus to politics and was first elected as a local councillor in October 2014. In May 2015 she stood as a parliamentary candidate in St Helens South and Whiston, Merseyside, where she gained second place for the Conservatives for the first time. Gillian is particularly interested in improving career opportunities for school leavers and attracting more business investment. She is a great advocate for high quality apprenticeships, having started her career as an apprentice at Delco Electronics aged 16 – an opportunity which gave her the right start in life to go on and build a successful career. Information on all the group’s officers can be found here.

Women and Work APPG opens call for evidence on Inclusivity and Intersectionality

We have launched an open call for evidence for our 2019 programme of work. The deadline is 1 November 2019.

We welcome submissions from any interested stakeholder, whether on one or more individual topics which have been discussed at our meetings (see below) or the overall theme ‘Inclusivity and Intersectionality’. We welcome concise responses which share best practice as well as key facts and figures.

Please limit your submission to two pages of A4 and send with the subject line: ‘Women and Work APPG – Call for evidence’, to womenandworkappg@connectpa.co.uk.

Individual meeting topics:

  • Outreach Programmes and Skills Development
  • Accessible Workplaces
  • Transparency
  • Affinity Networks
  • Allies and Advocates
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace

Campaign Updates

Women and Work APPG announces 2019 Theme: Inclusivity and Intersectionality

Women and Work APPG announces 2019 Theme: Inclusivity and Intersectionality

The Women and Work APPG is delighted to announce its 2019 theme Inclusivity and Intersectionality. Throughout our work over the past three years the we have sought to recognise and highlight the fact that women are not a homogenous group, and that a focus on gender alone can sometimes be misleading.

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MPs demand action on fair recruitment

MPs demand action on fair recruitment

A cross-party group of MPs and Peers is calling on businesses and employers to review their recruitment process and have suggested changes to make it fairer.

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Women and Work APPG announces 2018 theme – How to Recruit Women for the 21st Century

Women and Work APPG announces 2018 theme – How to Recruit Women for the 21st Century

The Women and Work APPG is delighted to announce its 2018 theme, How to Recruit Women for the 21st Century. Throughout our work in the past two years we have heard repeatedly from different sources about the ways in which employers struggle to attract and recruit women.

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Allies and Advocates

We are pleased to invite you to attend the next Women and Work APPG meeting on Monday 28 October 2019, 3pm – 4pm in Room A, 1 Parliament Street, House of Commons.

The meeting will discuss how outspoken advocates and visible allies can induce positive cultural change to make workplaces more inclusive. It will also cover how organisations can identify and cultivate allies and advocates, including fathers and men as well as promoting LGBTQ+ visibility.

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Contact the Group

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about the Group, please contact Florence Woodrow at the Group’s secretariat on womenandworkappg@connectpa.co.uk.   This is not an official website  of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in these webpages are those of the group.

Group Sponsors

The Group is supported by a range of organisations across the business world who help fund the running of the Group via its secretariat, Connect.  Information on all the Group’s sponsors can be found here. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of the Group please contact womenandworkappg@connectpa.co.uk.

 

 

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