1) The position of women and their rights in British society.
2) The representation of women in debate.
3) The reasons for which women voted to leave the European Union.
4) The ongoing role of feminist groups and political figures during and after Brexit. .
The issue of gender has been notably absent in political discourses surrounding Brexit. Gender 5+ believes that, if an entrepreneurial, progressive and fair Brexit is to be delivered, it is imperative that gender is considered during negotiations. A lack of attention to gender-specific policy impacts could result in serious ramifications for gender equality in the post-Brexit UK. We believe that this must be addressed, both as a principle of gender justice but also from the practical perspective that gender inequality cripples economies.
By producing a short report and hosting an accompanying panel event examining the maintenance of women’s rights in the UK during and after Brexit, Gender 5+ aims to open up dialogue on this issue. The report will call attention to the necessity of examining Brexit as a gendered issue, and raising specific hopes and concerns of the women and organisations we speak to.
We want to find out what women and women's groups wanted before the referendum and what they now expect and hope for from the Brexit negotiations.
The final part of the report outlines specific recommendations for the negotiations based upon the report’s findings. Contributors to the report were invited to attend the panel discussion at the Europe House in London, where these recommendations were discussed further. Gender 5+ hopes that this report will open up new, productive dialogues surrounding women’s rights and Brexit.