What Could Brexit Mean for UK Women?

Britain is reeling after the UK voted to go away the European Union final Thursday. The media focuses primarily on the financial affect of the choice, however what about ladies’s rights? Absolutely the exodus will have an effect on efforts in direction of gender equality.

The historic referendum, known as “Brexit,” gained most help from England and Wales, whereas Scotland and Northern Eire voted to remain within the EU. British Prime Minister David Cameron introduced he would step down by October because of the choice. General, loads is up within the air proper now.

However again to ladies’s rights–the EU has been a staunch supporter of equal pay for years, in addition to thethe concept that firing a pregnant lady just because she is pregnant is intercourse discrimination. The rights to paid maternity go away, paid day without work for fathers caring for sick kids and paid day without work for prenatal appointments are additionally on the EU’s agenda.

Eradicating violence towards ladies is one other space during which the EU has made nice strides. The European Victims Directive and European Safety Order are simply two examples. A set of tips is in place to fight Violence In opposition to Ladies and Ladies (VAWG) that addresses perpetrators of those crimes.

General, the EU has set motion plans to implement gender equality and ladies’s rights. For the reason that UK determined to separate from the EU, some UK ladies worry that these targets might be pushed to the backburner, contemplating the political and financial upheaval that Brexit has created. For now, all that’s left to do is wait and hope that the battle for ladies’s rights will stay a precedence within the UK.

– Barbara Bent

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