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This conference will launch a recent study which highlights the legal, economic, political, and social implications of Brexit which specifically and disproportionately disadvantage women. Women are being expected to shoulder the costs of a political decision in which their voices and interests have not been fairly represented.

The challenges facing women and gender equality as a result of Brexit are profound and far-reaching. If the UK is to maintain and further progress the rights, prosperity and equality of women, immediate and decisive action must be taken. As the pursuit of Brexit becomes increasingly divisive and complex, and as the deprioritisation of women’s voices and interests becomes increasingly entrenched, the costs of Brexit for women will rise. This report consolidates and contributes towards the growing body of evidence against the gender-neutral Brexit myth. Debunking this myth is the first step towards the critical process of addressing and acting upon the discriminatory pursuit of a Brexit process which systematically disadvantages women. 

Come and join this interactive and expert-level debate on the critical role of the EU and Brexit in progressing women's rights and equality in the UK.

The conference will be co-hosted by Maria Noichl MEP (DE), S&D Spokesperson for Women's Rights and Gender Equality in the European Parliament and Jackie Jones MEP (UK), Member of the Committee for Women's Rights and Gender Equality on behalf of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) in the European Parliament in co-operation with the European Parliament Liaison office in London (EPLO).

The programme is available below.  The Summary and the full study "Women and Brexit - Assessing the Impact of Brexit on Women and Gender Equality in the UK" will be available online on the day of the event.

For more information, please contact: Stefanie Ricken:  stefanie.ricken@ep.europa.eu

Please register by sending an email to s-d.femm-conferences@ep.europa.eu by 23 October 2019

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