As part of their ongoing work to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched #powertothebump, a digital campaign to help young expectant and new mums understand and use their rights at work.
Their research shows that young mothers are significantly more likely to experience pregnancy and maternity discrimination, with six times as many under 25 year olds reporting being dismissed from their jobs after they tell their employer they are pregnant.
You can find details of the campaign here
The Commission developed the project drawing on the expertise of partners including The Young Women’s Trust, Fawcett Society, Maternity Action, The Royal College of Midwives and the TUC. It is based on the insight and feedback that shows young women have lower awareness of their rights, were typically in less stable employment situations, and were worried or lacked confidence to talk to their manager about things that were troubling them -; and so felt under pressure to hand in their notice or leave their job rather than raise these issues.