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Life after childbirth for UK working mothers

10-11-2017

In yesterday’s issue, AL Hayat daily explored the life of pregnant British women which is not as bright as falsely rumored in the Arab world and that women in the UK enjoy their full rights, including equal opportunity employment and job promotion. To the contrary, the current clamor by mothers demanding a life after childbirth indicates they have not reached the end of the struggle for emancipation. In this respect, AL Hayat spotlighted the UK-based Pregnant then Screwed community association emboldening every mother to speak out and tell her story with maternity discrimination. Most stories are about mothers being sacked or marginalized and sidelined after having their babies. “As soon as my boss found about my pregnancy, he increased my workload driving me to quit,” one grieved woman said. “To keep our jobs after getting pregnant and after childbirth, we should become mummies. This is the punishment enforced by society and the State on us,” another mother complained. In its analysis, the newspaper said the above association has found taking to the streets a useful tool for raising awareness on the predicament and for pressuring members of the House of Commons, due to the growing numbers of mothers forced to resign or who find difficulty caring for the newborn while continuing to work. According to Al Hayat, a study conducted a year ago by the British government to assess pregnancy and maternity discrimination experienced in the workplace, has shown that nearly 77% of working mothers are discriminated against. Since the result were out, Al Hayat said, around 84,000 British women lost their jobs for the same reason. For more information on this article, kindly visit the following link: : https://goo.gl/gC1sXV. (AL Hayat, November 9, 2017)

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