Face Her Future #faceherfuture

For hundreds of years women have worked to achieve basic rights at home, at work and in public life. The outcome of the EU Referendum is a call to action. A call to give women control over their lives and to create a more equal future.

To do this we must:
Guarantee women's rights and promote a positive agenda for progress.

To do this we must:
See women represented throughout the process and at every level.

To do this we must:
Unite our communities and tackle racism, misogyny and all hate crime. 

To do this we must:
Ensure women are not hit hardest if there is an economic downturn.

We stand together with women's organisations and others across the UK to call on the Government, all political parties, the leadership candidates and those involved in the anticipated EU negotiations to:

Ensure women across the country have an equal place at the decision making table and that their voices are heard.

Guarantee there will be no weakening of women’s rights and continue progress towards equality for women.

Continue to work internationally and in the UK to tackle violence against women and girls, FGM and human trafficking, and close the gender pay gap.

Recognise that improving women’s lives and creating a more equal society is better for our economy and our society.

Prioritise specific needs of women experiencing multiple disadvantage, based on race, sexuality, disability, income, vulnerability, migration status or other factors.

Urgently address the racism and violence that many women and men are experiencing, often disproportionately targeted at women. Protect EU migrant women from unfair treatment.

Which rights might be at risk?

The majority of women’s rights are in both UK and European law. As such leaving the EU doesn’t immediately threaten them, but it does mean this government or future governments could choose to weaken or even eliminate some women’s rights.

Read the Face Her Future campaign briefing

Equal treatment at work

European law guarantees gender equal pay for work of equal value; that part-time work pays the same per hour as people doing the same job full-time; and that you cannot be fired for trying to move between part-time and full-time work. 40% of women in the UK work part-time and would be affected by any reduction in their rights.

Domestic and sexual violence

At present, European policy means that restraining orders put on abusive partners apply across the whole of the EU; and that crimes such as human trafficking and sexual abuse can be tackled across European borders; and that there is a Europe-wide push to end violence against women and girls.

Racism and abuse

Since the vote for Leave, hate crimes nationally shot up by 42% in the two weeks following the vote; hate crimes against Muslim women have increased by over 300%, with visibly Muslim women experiencing 46% of all hate incidents; and European women who live in Britain legally have had their status put at risk.

Equal treatment for mothers and pregnant women

European law ensures that pregnant women cannot be forced to do night shifts; that employers have to provide space and time for breastfeeding; that leave for antenatal appointments must be paid; and that you cannot be fired from your job for having a child.

Which women's right means most to you?

Show your solidarity with women across the UK by sharing a photo of yourself and a woman (or a few women!) you are close to with #FaceHerFuture. It can be your mother, daughter, friend, sister, spouse, colleague – any woman whose rights you want to protect and advance as we enter uncertain times. This is who you are fighting for.

  1. Post a picture with you and a woman who is important to you
  2. Tweet, Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram your picture using #FaceHerFuture and tagging your friend, asking them to pass it on and do the same
  3. Tell us which area of women’s rights you’re fighting for and why

Donate

We need your support to keep this campaign running throughout the UK’s departure from the EU. Text FACE20 £5 (or however much you’d like to give) to 70070 to donate to the campaign, or visit JustGiving.

You can also become a member of Fawcett to support all our campaigns and work towards ending gender inequality by visiting www.fawcettsociety.org.uk.

What will my donation be spent on?

Share your committment

These women's organisations and others across the UK are working together to #FaceHerFuture.
Join us.

British Pregnancy Advisory ServiceCoventry Women's VoicesWomen's AidTell MamaCentre for Women and Democracyworking familieswomen on boards for websiteEquality and Diversity Forum Latin American Women's Rights Service Rights of Women  
Girl GuidingDiana Award for WebsiteWomen's Resource Centre   Maternity ActionFilia for Website
Agenda: Alliance for Women and GirlsFearless Futures Centre for Gender Equal Media BirthrightsWomankind Logo

Also supported by

Sophie Walker, Women's Equality Party
Caroline Lucas MP, Green Party
Stella Creasy MP, Labour Party
Angela Rayner MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Education, Women and Equalities

Read about the reasons people are supporting the Face Her Future campaign

FaceHerFuture Blog: read contributions from our partner organisations