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No turning back time on women’s equality

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Currently 1.10 million women are unemployed and 74 per cent of welfare cuts come from women’s pockets.

Responding to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s speech to the Conservative Party Conference about plans for a further £10 billion in welfare cuts, Ceri Goddard, Chief Executive of the equality campaign group the Fawcett Society, said: “We are in the grip of a record 25 year high in women’s unemployment, whilst more than two thirds of the current welfare cuts are coming from women’s incomes not men’s pockets.

“If the government pursues yet another massive swath of welfare cuts it will be critical, and a legal requirement, that they properly assess and are upfront about how this could further disadvantage women far more than men.

“If, as seems likely, women will be yet again worst hit when it comes to a further reduction in welfare, the government will either have to properly and publicly justify this or tell us how they intend to mitigate the effects of such a such a skewed impact.

“At a time when many women are facing some of the biggest threats to their financial security and independence in recent memory we need to hear far more robust plans on how the government will tackle this – and far less retrograde musings on reducing hard won reproductive rights.”

Moves to reduce the country’s deficit have left women facing a ‘triple jeopardy’ of slashed benefits, job cuts, and a reduction in the core public services they rely on for themselves and those they care for.

Don’t let the government turn back time on women’s equality.

Help the Fawcett Society’s Cutting Women Out campaign.

Demand change at the highest levels. Write a personalised letter to the Chancellor to ask if he will commit to do more to consider the gendered impact of tax and benefit changes on equality between women and men and if he will work with colleagues across government to ensure that lone parents are not made poorer.

Share your story. Real life accounts of how the cuts are impacting on women are essential in order to illustrate the Fawcett Society’s concerns and push for change – they can make a far greater impact on a parliamentarian or decision-maker than stats and facts alone.

If you have a personal story you are willing to share – even if you wish to remain anonymous – then email this address.

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