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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.
We look forward to welcoming you to this webinar. To register your place please use the form below...
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.
Executive coach, former senior leader of 10 years, working mother and founder of Work Life Mother.
Three years ago Lizzie founded Work Life Mother to help organisations retain their talented individuals returning from parental leave, and to proactively invest in their working parents by providing coaching programmes to support professional parents coming back to work with confidence. Lizzie is a firm believer that choosing to have children does not need to come in the way of achieving professional success and that it is possible to have a fulfilling work-life blend as a working parent. Therefore, Lizzie has made it her passion to implement best practice from the top-down, so that progress can be made in the way parents are re-integrated after leave.