Bristol Women’s Voice is working in the city to equip women with a basic knowledge of their pregnancy and maternity rights at work. Our Maternity Discrimination Project aims to provide disadvantaged women with access to information on their legal rights and help reduce financial and emotional stress caused as a result of discrimination. The project aims to reduce the number of women losing their jobs as a result of maternity discrimination and help women return to work after maternity leave.

‘Know Your Maternity Rights’ Sessions

Through our ‘Know Your Maternity Rights’ sessions and awareness raising materials such as leaflets and posters, we have started to develop a toolkit for women to understand their rights and the care that they are entitled to.

Our sessions are run with the help of two legal/ midwife volunteers. During the sessions, our short presentation will run you through your rights from the beginning of your pregnancy to when you return to work. The sessions provide information and offer advice on antenatal care, risk assessment, appointments and sick days, rights to flexible working and statutory maternity pay. Women will have the opportunity to share experiences, talk to each other, ask questions and learn about some of the places you can seek help if you have experienced maternity discrimination. An interactive section of the session encourages participants to discuss scenarios in groups to understand cases of maternity discrimination.

We are able to cover reasonable childcare/ other care costs for those who would not be able to attend the session otherwise. For the latest session dates please check our events page. 

Please contact us via info@bristolwomensvoice.org.uk for further information.

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