In Parliament today I called on the UK Government to do more to address the challenges women with menopausal symptoms experience in the workplace.
Women aged 16-64 comprise approximately half (48%) of the Welsh workforce. Of these, 44% are over 50. This represents over 213,000 workers in Wales who may be working through or post menopause.
Speaking in Women and Equalities questions, I said “Research from the Wales TUC shows that as many as 85% of women who took part in their survey felt the menopause had adversely affected their working life. Will the Minister press colleagues to consider statutory workplace policies on the menopause so that women can get more support, and so that employers cannot ignore the welfare of women with menopausal symptoms?”
In response Victoria Atkins MP, UK Government Minister for Women, said that she welcomed the fact that Parliament was “beginning to talk about the menopause and its effects” and agreed that it was important to encourage employers to recognise the effects of the menopause as part of their treatment of employees.