Parental Parity: The role of employers in creating inclusive parental leave policies

Join our guest panel as they share their thoughts on gender expectations in the workplace.
Wednesday 17th November 2021
Time: 11am-12PM (GMT)
Hosted by Zakiya Ilyas

About the webinar

According to research conducted by the law firm EMW, the uptake of shared parental leave (SPL) in the UK last year was “exceptionally low” with only 2% of eligible couples utilising SPL, despite the scheme being introduced six years ago.

Government urgently needs to reform the current system to increase the uptake in SPL. We all also have a responsibility to challenge ‘traditional’ gender roles by normalising men’s participation in childcare, and raising awareness of the rights and support all parents are entitled to. Equally important is the role of employers, who can champion parity by creating strong parental leave policies that support equality in the workplace and at home.

On Wednesday 17th November at 11am (GMT), The Equal Group will host a webinar on the topic of Parental Parity, to discuss:

-        Gender expectations in the workplace.

-        Inequalities between paternity and maternity leave.

-        Shared Parental Leave: reform or replace it?

-        What the UK can learn from Sweden’s childcare and parental leave policies.

The Equal Group’s expert EDI Consultants regularly advise forward-thinking organisations on how they can improve the inclusivity of their HR policies. Request a free consultation with our team to learn more.

Guest Speakers:

Michael Johnson-Ellis

Co-founder of TwoDads.U.K

Michael Johnson-Ellis is Dad to Talulah and Duke, step Dad to Katie, and husband to Wes. Since having children Michael changed his career from a stressful city job, to being an award-winning Surrogacy advocate, supporting those who are struggling to conceive or are from the LGBTQ community, and dream of parenthood. Michael blogs and documents his life as a parent via TwoDads.U.K on Facebook and Instagram. Michael and Wes are both founders of TwoDadsU.K, The Modern Family Show 2021 (the only UK LGBTQ family building event, and the latest Surrogacy not for profit organisation My Surrogacy Journey. Michael and Wes are on a mission to help normalize same-sex families in the UK and are very active in surrogacy law reform; they have already influenced major change to UK Healthcare guidance when it comes to the treatment of Surrogates and Intended Parents.

Nina Karegar

Digital Strategy and Marketing Consultant

Nina is a digital strategy and marketing specialist with 10 years of experience working with start-ups, SMBs and blue-chip companies creating go-to-market strategies, value-driven brands, optimising online engagement and driving user growth. After spending several years working in the UK, Nina made the decision when she was pregnant last year to move back to Sweden-a country which has developed one of the most generous and flexible parental systems in the world. Currently on maternity leave, Nina presents a non-British perspective on parental leave, as the UK certainly has a lot to learn from the Swedish parental leave system which encourages greater gender equality, child development and reduces the impact leave may have on the mother’s career.

Lizzie Martin

Executive coach, former senior leader of 10 years, working mother and founder of Work Life Mother.

Lizzie Martin is an executive leadership and career coach, she works with individuals and organisations supporting new parents as they go on parental leave and then return back to work after a break. She is passionate about building stronger female talent pipelines and helping companies avoid costly attrition that often occurs during maternity leave. Alongside 1-1 executive coaching Lizzie also helps companies build effective working parents networks and is often leading workshops or group coaching sessions to help working parents thrive in their careers and bust the myth that you cannot be successful as a parent and in your career. Previous clients have included: HSBC, Co-op, ASOS, Deutsche Bank, Patrizia and IKEA. Lizzie lives in Sussex with her Husband and two young daughters who are 3 and 4 and keep her on her toes.

You can find out more about Lizzie on her website, Instagram @worklifemother or on LinkedIn as Lizzie Martin PCC

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