CambsWomen Together are concerned that through the misrepresentation, misapplication and ignorance of the Equality Act 2010 in policy and practice, the rights of women and girls are being erased.
What is the Equality Act 2010 and why is it important?
The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society. The rights contained within it for women are sex-based rights, based on the legal definition of women. These hard-fought for rights allow exemptions in law that give women access to single-sex provisions, including spaces such as changing rooms, sports and hospital wards. (See Fair Play for Women for more information on the importance of the Act in relation to women.)
CambsWomen Together aims to challenge service providers – both public and private – to ensure that their actions and decisions are not having a negative impact on the rights of women and girls. It is vital that years of struggle and campaigning by women, and generations of those before us, are not destroyed. To this end, we have asked Cambridge City Council to include us as stakeholders on issues that impact women and girls.