24 June 2021
Long hours and unpredictable work can make the entertainment industry a tough place for parents – and can lead to some leaving the sector for good. At the same time, many women in the UK face discrimination before their child is even born, with 78% of pregnant women and new mothers saying they've experienced negative treatment at work*.
Equity has long been a champion of the needs of parents and carers at work. We are now backing two campaigns that aim to increase inclusion in workplaces and end discrimination. Find out how you can add your support to the campaigns below.
Support The Wonderworks’ Keeping Families in Film campaign
The Keeping Families in Film campaign aims for greater equality, diversity and inclusivity in the film and television industry. Fronted by the UK’s first dedicated film and TV industry nursery, The WonderWorks, co-founders Charlotte Riley and Mark Radcliffe (pictured above) launched the campaign to tackle the issue of childcare in the industry.
In an open letter, the campaign reaches out to studios, production companies and industry leaders to raise awareness of the lack of childcare within the film and TV industry, and to take action to stop talent being lost through parenthood. The campaign aims to encourage productions to become more family friendly, with the ultimate goal of every production putting a line in their budget for childcare by 2024.
What you can do
Tell The WonderWorks what your needs are as a working parent. What would make your working life as a parent (or future parent) more manageable? The WonderWorks will use the research to provide a range of childcare solutions for different levels of production budgets. All feedback will be treated with the strictest confidence.
Ask you MP to support an end to pregnancy and maternity discrimination at work
*In 2016, research by the Equality & Human Rights Commission, commissioned and funded by BEIS, found disturbingly high levels of pregnancy and maternity discrimination in UK workplaces: 78% of pregnant women and new mothers experience some form of discrimination or negative treatment at work, and 11% – some 50,000 a year – are forced out of their job.
Ministers have yet to take any substantive action to address the EHRC’s findings and recommendations. Maternity Action have now launched an Action Plan setting out an agenda of urgently-needed policy reform to tackle the issue.
What you can do
Write to your local MP to ask them to support the Early Day Motion 82, in support of Maternity Action's Action Plan to End Pregnancy and Maternity Discrimination at Work.