Labour, for women

Labour’s women’s manifesto sets out measures to:

• Tackle low pay, by increasing the minimum wage to more than £8 by October 2019.
• Tackle the gender pay gap with new pay transparency rules for all large employers.
• Extend free childcare from 15 to 25 hours a week for working parents of three and four-year-olds.
• Guarantee access for parents of primary-age children to 8am-6pm wraparound childcare through primary schools.
• Protect the Sure Start budget and open up an additional 50,000 childcare places.
• Double paid paternity leave from two to four weeks, and increase pay to the equivalent of a full weeks work at the National Minimum Wage so that more families can take up their entitlements.
• Support healthy relationships by introducing age-appropriate compulsory sex and relationship education.
• Tackle violence against women and girls by appointing a new commissioner to enforce national standards on tackling domestic and sexual abuse, strengthening the law and providing more stable central funding for women’s refuges and Rape Crisis Centres.

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One Response to Labour, for women

  1. Apart from the final point, all the above points could apply to men and women, so why are they relegated to a “women’s manifesto”. Come to think of it why should the last “female specific” point be relegated from the main manifesto? (It could be recast in non gender specific terms.)

    If it is implied that only women should be interested in such matters, perhaps Labour is stereotyping?

    Tomorrow the “men’s manifesto” will cover …
    beer
    football
    gambling
    video games
    motor-bikes?

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