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
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individual meeting topics:
- Outreach Programmes and Skills Development
- Accessible Workplaces
- Affinity Networks
- Allies and Advocates
- Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace
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.
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.
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.
We are pleased to invite you to attend the next Women and Work APPG meeting on Tuesday 11 June 2019, 12.30 – 1.30pm in Room A, 1 Parliament Street.
The meeting will examine the importance of transparency for cultural change that can make workplaces more attractive, healthier and safer, as well as informing future diversity and inclusion strategies. This will include how to build on the successes of the Gender Pay Gap reporting and a discussion on issues such as sexual harassment in the workplace and the use of non-disclosure agreements.
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.
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Building the Pipeline – March 2018
Getting Women Through the Door – February 2018
Doubly Disadvantaged – May 2018
Occupational Segregation – July 2018
Getting Women out the Low-Pay Cycle – October 2018
Successful Second Careers – November 2018
Contact the Group
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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