Sex discrimination

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Content published before December 2016

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on sex discrimination. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

07.03.2016All-women shortlists
This note looks at the background to the Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Act 2002 which allowed political parties to draw up all-women shortlists of candidates for elections; and its extension. It gives details of Labour candidates selected through all-women shortlists and methods of positive action used by the main political parties to increase the number of women MPs.
04.03.2016Women in Combat
Women will now be allowed to serve on the front line in the Infantry and Royal Marines. The Prime Minister announced on 8 July 2016 the lifting of the ban on women serving in ground close roles.
22.02.2016Women around the world: International Women's Day 2016
This briefing gives an introduction to International Women's Day, celebrated on the 8th of March. It examines a variety of indicators for women's equality both in the UK and internationally.
22.05.2014The Public Sector Equality Duty and Equality Impact Assessments
This note provides an overview of the public sector equality duty, contained in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, and Equality Impact Assessments.
19.11.2013Estimating the costs of tax and benefit changes by gender
This note looks at different approaches to estimating the impact of budget measures on women and men.
14.03.2013Insurance and discrimination laws: motor and travel insurance
This note outlines how the insurance industry operates within the law on discrimination, particularly with respect to age and sex discrimination.
23.11.2011Women and the Afghan transition
There has been a lot of concern that Afghan women will be the main losers in the next few years as international forces withdraw and the Kabul government negotiates some sort of accommodation with the insurgency.
05.07.2011Asylum: Claims based on sexual identity
The Coalition Agreement pledged not to remove asylum seekers from the UK if they are at proven risk of persecution due to their sexual orientation or gender identification. The UKBA has since enhanced its guidance and training for asylum caseworkers on how to handle these types of asylum claim, but has been criticised for failing to monitor how the new approach is being implemented.
25.05.2010Women in Parliament and public service
Women make up 51% of the population of the UK, but only 22% of MPs are women. This note looks at women in Parliament, Government and other areas of public life.
09.03.2009Sex Discrimination and Social Clubs
Sex Discrimination and Social Clubs. By Vincent Keter. SN/BT/1081.

Lords Library Notes

15.02.2016International Women's Day 2016
This House of Lords Library briefing provides information relating to International Women's Day, due to be marked on 8 March 2016, and the theme this year of gender parity.
03.03.2014Debate on 6 March: The Contribution of Women to the Economy of the UK, to Mark International Women's Day
This Library Note provides background reading in advance of the debate in the House of Lords on the contribution of women to the economy of the UK, to mark International Women's Day.
11.02.2013Succession to the Crown Bill (HL Bill 81 of 2012-13)
The Succession to the Crown Bill makes changes to the laws of succession to the Crown. This Library Note summarises the proceedings which have taken place on the Bill during its passage through the House of Commons, ahead of the Bill's second reading debate in the House of Lords on 14 February 2013.

Select Committee Reports

12.07.2010Women in the City.
Government response. Treasury report [Commons]
22.03.2010Women in the City.
Treasury Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House expresses deep concern that the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) from next year will only officially recognise world records from same sex races; ...
That this House welcomes the seventh annual International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on 17 May 2011; supports those local authorities, police, health authorities and voluntary ...
10.03.2011EQUAL PAY
That this House notes that equalising pay will give businesses proper access to the full range of talents available; is concerned that the latest Office of National Statistics figures ...
That this House is proud to celebrate the 100th International Women's Day; notes the plight of ...
That this House is concerned by the imminent proposed deportation of Brenda Namigadde, who has claimed asylum because she fears persecution based on her sexuality; believes the atmosphere ...


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