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March of the Mummies

  • Newcastle Civic Centre NE1 7JG (map)

On Tuesday 31st October at 12 midday people across the UK will march in support of better rights for mothers. 

In Newcastle, we'll be meeting at Newcastle Civic Centre, before marching along Northumberland Street and down to Grey's Monument where we'll have a rally with notable speakers and even a pop-up choir. Join us along the way to lend your support to the 'March of the Mummies' cause. 

The main March will take place in Trafalgar Square and will march to Parliament Square where MPs will be presented with 5 demands for change. Sister marches are also taking place in Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff, Manchester and of course, Newcastle.

The march is being supported by the Women’s Equality Party, the Fawcett Society and the charity, Working Families amongst others.

The event will be attended by families who will dress up as mummies (the walking dead kind) to represent the archaic legislation that is in place, which in turn creates gender inequality in the home and the workplace.

Mothers get a raw deal, they encounter acute discrimination with 54,000 women a year being pushed out of their job for daring to procreate and 77% of working mums enduring negative or discriminatory treatment in the workplace. Motherhood is also a key contributor to the gender pay gap with women who have had children by the age of 33 earning 15 per cent less than their peers who remained childless. Women even face discrimination for simply having a womb with 40% of employers saying they would avoid hiring a woman of childbearing age. Yet, underutilisation of women’s skills costs the Uk economy up to £36 billion.

Far from improving, the situation is drastically deteriorating with the number of mothers who experience discrimination almost doubling in the last 10 years.

We have 5 demands:

1. Increase the time limit to raise a tribunal claim from 3 months to (at least) 6 months
2. Require companies to report on how many flexible working requests are made and how many are granted
3. Give fathers access to 6 weeks non-transferable paternity leave paid at 90% of salary
4. Give the self-employed access to statutory shared parental pay
5. Subsidise childcare from 6 months old, rather than 3 years

'March of the Mummies' is led by Pregnant Then Screwed. Pregnant Then Screwed is a project which aims to raise awareness of pregnancy discrimination in the UK.

To find out more about PTS please visit www.pregnantthenscrewed.com and for more information about ‘March of the Mummies’ please visit www.marchofthemummies.com or follow the hashtag #marchofthemummies

The Newcastle March of the Mummies is supported by Beccy Owen's Pop-up Choirs, Birth, Baby and Family, Chalk, Mothers Who Make, Nasty Women North East, Sprog on the Tyne, The Young Women's Outreach Project and Alphabetti Theatre.

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