The government has rejected plans to change UK legislation to improve the rights of menopausal women.
July 2022, Cross-Party Commission on Women and Equality published a report Emphasize the impact of menopause on the workplace. The report found that a lack of support is driving women out of work and made 12 recommendations to empower working women.
also, Survey of 2,000 women People aged 45 to 67 across the UK suffering from menopausal symptoms are finding that a lack of support directly influences their choice to leave the workplace – and it is feared that up to one million women in the UK could be affected.
Despite the figures, a proposal in the Women’s and Equality Commission’s report to trial “menopause leave” was rejected by the government over concerns it would lead to discrimination against men.
Why was menopause leave introduced?
The Women and Equality Commission called for menopause to be treated as a protected characteristic under the Equality Act as race or religion. Previously, there had been fears that middle-aged women would be thrown out of the workplace because their employers did not provide help with symptoms.
The committee is also calling for a trial of “menopause leave” for any woman experiencing symptoms of pain or discomfort.
doctor reports actually have 62 Different Menopause Symptoms Women in attendance. Although the largest study of menopause awareness to date found most women associate it with just five symptoms.
While 40 percent of women who are going through or have gone through menopause have seen a doctor for help with their symptoms, two-thirds of women are unaware that menopause can reduce libido, and a whopping 74 percent are unaware that it may be related to weight gain.
Symptoms of menopause include:
What does the law entail?
The law will allow menopause to be considered a “protected characteristic” under the Equality Act. Protected characteristics are a set of characteristics that illegally discriminate against.
Likewise, the report called for more support for women going through menopause.
Why was it rejected?
The government fears such a move could allow Discrimination against menIt recommends that women who experience the heavy and long-term effects of menopause “should already be protected from discrimination in the workplace, underage, sex and discrimination laws.
However, it argues that making menopause a specific trait “inadvertently creates new forms of discrimination, for example, the risk of discrimination against men with long-term medical conditions”.
What’s the reaction?
Commission chair Caroline Knox said the government had “ignored an important evidence base for equality law reform”
She continued: “The evidence from our investigation is very clear that urgent action is needed in health care and the work environment to properly address women’s needs, yet the government’s progress has been slow and its response has been complacent.”
People online are not happy either.
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