Women are being let down by 'glacial' progress on making workplaces ... trends now

Women are being let down by 'glacial' progress on making workplaces ... trends now
Women are being let down by 'glacial' progress on making workplaces ... trends now

Women are being let down by 'glacial' progress on making workplaces ... trends now

Women are being let down by the Government's 'glacial' progress on making workplaces menopause-friendly, MPs warn A report called for urgent action to prevent menopausal women quitting jobs But ministers sparked fury by rejecting five of its recommendations outright Government has been accused of ignoring evidence for equality law reform

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Women are being let down by the government's 'glacial' progress in making England's workplaces menopause-friendly, MPs warn.

A report by the Women and Equalities Committee had called for urgent action to prevent vast numbers of talented menopausal women quitting their jobs.

But ministers have sparked fury by rejecting five of its recommendations outright in a response that was received three and a half months late.

This includes the recommendation to consult on making menopause a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010 and to pilot a specific menopause leave policy.

A report by the Women and Equalities Committee had called for urgent action to prevent vast numbers of talented menopausal women quitting their jobs. But ministers have sparked fury by rejecting five of its recommendations outright in a response that was received three and a half months late

A report by the Women and Equalities Committee had called for urgent action to prevent vast numbers of talented menopausal women quitting their jobs. But ministers have sparked fury by rejecting five of its recommendations outright in a response that was received three and a half months late

In a letter to health minister Maria Caulfield, the Chair of the Committee Caroline Nokes (pictured) expressed concern that the Government has 'ignored the significant evidence base' for equality law reform and called on it to review its position

In a letter to health minister Maria Caulfield, the Chair of the Committee Caroline Nokes (pictured) expressed concern that the Government has 'ignored the significant evidence base' for equality law reform and called on it to review its position

WHAT IS THE MENOPAUSE?

Menopause is when a woman stops having periods, and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally.

It usually happens between the ages of 45 and 55.

It is a normal part of ageing and caused by levels of the sex hormone oestrogen dropping.

Some women go through this time with few, if any, symptoms. 

Others suffer from hot flushes, sleeping difficulties, mood swings and brain fog, which can last for months or years and might change over time.

HRT replaces the hormones and is the main treatment used to treat symptoms — which can be severe and disrupt day-to-day life.

Menopause happens when your ovaries stop producing as much of the hormone oestrogen and no longer release an egg each month.

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