Why Pregnant Then Screwed
Pregnancy / maternity discrimination affects three in four pregnant women and mothers (EHRC Research, 2016), with one in nine being forced out of their job. Before the current crisis, of these 54,000 women p/a, only 1%, raised a tribunal claim, given the cost, the short time limit and the practical/emotional challenges of launching legal action whilst caring for a new baby and looking for a new job. This is a key contributor to the 17.3% overall gender pay gap (ONS, 2019).
We expect the number of women who experience pregnancy/maternity discrimination to rapidly increase due to Covid-19. Research by IFS shows mothers are 50% more likely to have lost their job or quit and they are 14% more likely to have been furloughed than fathers (May 2020).
We are agitators for change.
We’re grassroots activists and agitators, driven by a deep connection with our beneficiaries. Our campaigning work seeks radical change rather than minor tweeks to legislation. We spend time raising public awareness of the specific barriers faced by pregnant women and mothers via social media, traditional media and through speaking at events across the UK and internationally. We hold politicians to account, whilst at the same time working strategically across the political spectrum and with civil society partners to improve legislation, policy and practice.
We will always be there for vulnerable women.
Our 3 core staff and army of volunteers have lived experience of maternity discrimination. Our advice and mentoring combines industry expertise alongside personable, peer-to-peer empathy and emotional support. We’re there for the long-term, supporting women from initial experience of discrimination, through any legal proceedings, and eventually on to finding new work that works for them. In 2020 our calls to our helpline increased over 400% and our services supported over 60,000 women.
The work of Pregnant Then Screwed is more important now than ever before.
‘’When I faced maternity discrimination, Pregnant Then Screwed showed me how unfair and unjustly I was being treated. Without you, I would have spent my whole pregnancy wondering whether my child was in danger from the lack of risk assessment and care of my employer. You are the voice that so many women are grateful for and we are behind you all the way.’’ (Social media follower and service user)
How we will use funds raised
Your donation will enable us to support even more women. As restrictions continue to lift, people are encouraged to go back to the office, and the furlough scheme comes to an end we expect to receive a huge increase in demand for our services.
Funds raised will enable us to support our core work such as provide further training to our excellent army of HR volunteers who triage all calls to our helpline, and peer mentors who help women navigate the tricky landscape of the tribunal process.