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Working Forward: news and events

Keep up to date with all the latest news about Working Forward and register for upcoming events.


Previous events

Gender Pay Gap reporting - power of the narrative webinar, 22 November

Gapsquare and the Equality and Human Rights Commission hosted a webinar to explore how best to collect data and create a short and longer-term action plan. 

Recruiting flexibly at the point of hire seminar, 14 December, Manchester

Recruitment agencies joined us to discuss why they are advertising roles as flexible from day 1. 

Build a flexible working culture for shift workers, 10-1pm, 17 October, Eversheds Sutherland, London

We explored what employers are doing to help their staff manage a work and home life outside the traditional 9 to 5 work pattern and what childcare arrangements are in place to support returners.

Working Fathers then and now seminar, 11 September, London

Working Forward members discussed how fathers and grandfathers expect support from their employers in their quest to balance a work and home life. Guest speakers included John Viner-Smith from Mercer and Elliot Rae from Music, Football and Fatherhood. 

Greater Manchester is Working Forward, 22 June 2018, Manchester 

TV presenter and campaigner Helen Skelton, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and business leaders came together to celebrate Greater Manchester's commitment to ending pregnancy, maternity and paternity discrimination. Delegates heard how the Working Forward programme will support Manchester's reputation as a progressive, socially responsible and inclusive city, and a great place to work. 

The below film contains a few highlights. You can read more about why Andy Burnham is supporting the campaign in this article:

Panel debate: Will pregnant women and new parents ever be free from pregnancy and maternity discrimination?

In November 2017, we hosted a panel discussion where Anne-Marie O’Leary, Editor of Netmums, Martin Daubney, Co-Founder of Men & Boys Coalition, Alison Wilcox, Group HR Director at BT, Petra Wilton, Director at CMI and Sarah Gordon, Business Editor at the Financial Times sought to answer the question: ‘Will pregnant women and new parents ever be free from discrimination and disadvantage in the workplace?’.

After some insightful and thought-provoking debate, our panellists concluded that yes, discrimination faced by new parents in the workplace will eventually be eradicated, but only if women and men work together to affect cultural change, set accountable targets, and are supported at both a legislative and governmental level.

Watch the clip below with some of the highlights from the panellists. 

Last updated: 20 Dec 2018