Mam Cymru has received a request from The National Assembly for Wales, to share information about their new inquiry, which I’m sure will be of interest to our readers.
Pregnancy, Maternity and Employment is the subject of this new inquiry, and they hope to discover the impact of pregnancy and maternity on equality within the workplace here in Wales.
I’m sure that most of us have experienced the challenges that face new mums when we return to work. Juggling a career and looking after our children are factors that face most mums in this day and age, and the Welsh Assembly is keen to hear about our experiences; the positive and negative, in order to assess the situation and discover how to improve the situation for the future.
According to research published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in 2016, 71% of mothers in Wales reported negative or discriminatory experiences. Almost half felt becoming pregnant had affected work opportunities, status and job security. Can you relate to this?
“It is simply unacceptable in this day and age for a woman to be disadvantaged or discriminated against just for having a child. We will be looking at what action the Welsh Government is taking to tackle this issue through its economic action plan and employability programmes. We will also be looking at the potential impact of its policy to increase free childcare to 30 hours per week. This is a deeply personal issue for a lot of women in Wales and we are keen to hear their stories.” John Griffiths AM, Chair of the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee.
I am sure that we’re all keen to improve the experience for new mums in the future. If you would like to share your story and take part in this important inquiry, visit http://www.assembly.wales/SeneddCommunities
Mam Cymru would like to thank the Welsh Assembly for contacting us about this inquiry and we look forward to sharing the results with our readers.
By Heulwen Davies, Mam Cymru.