We launched our report on unfair redundancies for new mothers in Parliament on 7th November 2017.
We had messages from Maria Miller (Cons) and Alison Thewliss (SNP) which were read out at the event. Jo Swinson MP spoke, as did Jennifer Nadel from The Greens. Dawn Butler, the Labour Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, had booked the room for us but had to pull out at the last minute due to urgent work on the sexual harassment issue, which she was leading on.
We had 7 MPs take part in the photocall and other people attending the event were also keen to have their photo on twitter too. We live-tweeted the event and our hastag #maternityrights was trending.
We had a reasonable amount of media coverage. We had pieces in the Guardian, Telegraph and Mirror and local media outlets. We published blogs on the Huff Post and Left Foot Forward. We coincidentally had coverage in BBC Law in Action. Amelia, who spoke at a previous Maternity Action event, mentioned us in her interview about employment tribunal fees (listen in from about 7 minutes in).
As a result of the media coverage, the Government officials working on redundancy were in contact asking for an advance copy of the report and to arrange further meetings. This is a useful outcome from the event.
It was wonderful to see some women brought along their children to the event, it is important to us to make sure our events are always child friendly and accommodating for breastfeeding mothers.
We thank everyone who participated in our Parliamentary event and helped to make it a success. We will continue to raise awareness of our campaign and would love your continued support.