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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.


We will be running a number of seminars and events for Working Forward members to support the four areas of the pledge

Current events

Greater Manchester is Working Forward, 22 June 2018, Manchester 

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

Tickets are free and available online

Previous events

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: 25 May 2018