Petition Require employers with more than 250 employees to introduce a Menopause Policy
According to the Government Report on Menopause, ‘menopausal women are the fastest growing workforce demographic’. The average age for a woman to go through menopause is 51. The average age of female suicide is between 45 & 49.
Nearly 8 out of 10 of menopausal women are in work.
Many line managers say that they don’t feel confident talking about menopause. They don’t know enough about it or how they can help. A Government-commissioned report on menopause highlights the need for employers to put in place training, processes and information so all colleagues have a clear understanding of menopause. Whether it’s a policy or guidance document – it’s best if it’s written down and well publicised. A written Menopause policy for all large employers would be a significant step.
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Share your views on support for people experiencing menopausal symptoms
On Wednesday 9 June, Carolyn Harris MP is leading a debate on support for people experiencing menopausal symptoms.
To inform her debate, she wants to understand your insights and experiences of this issue.
She may quote your story directly during her debate.
Find out more and share your experiences here: https://houseofcommons.shorthandstories.com/support-for-people-experiencing-menopausal-symptoms/index.html
You’ll be able to watch the debate from 4.50pm on Wednesday 9 June on this page. The debate transcript and other relevant material will be accessible shortly after the debate.
The deadline for contributions is midday on Tuesday 8 June.
What are Westminster Hall debates?
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Debates in Westminster Hall take place on ‘general debate' motions expressed in neutral terms. These motions are worded ‘That this House has considered [a specific matter]'.
MPs launch an inquiry into menopause and the workplace
On 23 July, MPs on the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee launched an inquiry into menopause and the workplace. The inquiry will consider existing laws and workplace practices, and investigate whether enough is being done to address the impact the menopause can have on working women.
Find out more about the inquiry: https://committees.parliament.uk/work/1416/menopause-and-the-workplace/
What is the Women and Equalities Committee?
The Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) examines the work of the Government Equalities Office (GEO). It holds Government to account on equality law and policy, including the Equality Act 2010 and cross Government activity on equalities. It also scrutinises the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
Find out more about the WEC: https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/328/women-and-equalities-committee/
Follow the Committee on Twitter for real-time updates on its work: https://twitter.com/Commonswomequ