More than 30,000 women lose their jobs each year after becoming pregnant and a further 200,000 face unfair treatment as a result of their pregnancy. The Valuing Maternity campaign fights maternity discrimination and aims to improve services, information and support for pregnant women and new mothers.
Alliance against pregnancy discrimination in the workplace
It is against the law for an employee to be dismissed or given worse working conditions because they are pregnant or on maternity leave. Recession is making things worse. A group of organisations has joined together to call on the Government to publicly state its commitment to preventing pregnancy discrimination at work during the recession and to reassert that making a woman redundant because she is pregnant, on, or returning from maternity leave is illegal and will not be tolerated.
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Charter of Rights of Women Seeking Asylum
Maternity Action works to improve the lives of pregnant women and new parents who are not in the workforce. We run projects to improve access to healthcare by refugee and asylum seeking mothers, and campaign and support for mothers who are left destitute.
We are actively involved in the Charter of Rights of Women Seeking Asylum which calls on the Home Office to ensure that women seeking asylum in the UK are treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
Breastfeeding Manifesto Coalition
Maternity Action supports the Breastfeeding Manifesto which was produced in 2006 in consultation with over twenty UK organisations working to improve awareness of the health benefits of breastfeeding and its role in reducing health inequalities. The Breastfeeding Manifesto Coalitions’ objective is to achieve widespread cross-party support for this document. We aim to ensure that its principles are reflected in government policy and legislation.