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#IWD2020 – Is equal pay on its way?

Katherine Brown

Posted by Katherine Brown | Trainee
On 6th March 2020

The 8th March 2020 is International Women’s Day, a global day which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Every year the initiative chooses a different theme to focus on. This year’s theme is equality, which provides a timely juncture to consider the recent developments in progress towards equal pay for women.

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#IWD2020 – Why a domestic violence refuge is not a residence of choice

Sioned Wyn Roberts

Posted by Sioned Wyn Roberts | Associate
On 5th March 2020

The first known UK domestic violence refuge was opened in London in 1971, a time when abuse was very much a matter behind closed doors. Refuges are intended to be a place of sanctuary, they provide emergency and safe accommodation to those fleeing violence. Since 1971 a national network of refuges has grown, allowing (predominantly) women and children to flee to a place of safety.

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#IWD2020 – Family law fails cohabiting women

Vanessa Friend

Posted by Vanessa Friend | Partner
On 4th March 2020

We are all equal in the eyes of the law, apparently. The problem comes when the law does not exist in the first place. If you are an unmarried couple living together you are not protected by any unified legislation, except to cover claims against one another as parents or on death as a dependant. This puts cohabitants at a disadvantage to married couples or those in a civil partnership. The issue particularly affects women, who often take on the burden of childcare at the expense of their career prospects only to find themselves financially unprotected at the end of the relationship.

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