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Women's Rights

There are a number of issues which are pertinent to women's rights. These include sex discrimination at work, maternity and childcare policy and domestic violence. The links below offer support and advice concerning these issues:

Rights of Women is a women's voluntary organisation concerned with providing information and education about legal rights to empower women. The organisation was founded in 1975 and offers a confidential advice line. The site offers downloadable information sheets, information about training courses, policy issues and links to further resources. Topics covered include: family law, divorce, children and contact, discrimination, domestic violence and lesbian parenting.

Equal Opportunities Commission is the leading agency working to eliminate sex discrimination in 21st Century Britain. The site includes lots of information and advice about equality issues and what to do in the event of discrimination.

Justice for Women is a feminist organisation that campaigns and supports women who have fought back against or killed violent male partners. The site contains case histories, information about campaigns and advice on starting a campaign as well as discussion of issues concerning female victims of domestic violence.

The Fawcett Society works for a society in which women and men are equal partners at home, at work and in public life. They are working towards changes in policies, structures, cultures and processes that will lead to real improvements in women's lives. Their site includes news items, information about campaigns, publications and links concerning women's rights.

Work-Life Balance and flexible working practices are described on the DTI website. There are guides for employers and employees on introducing flexible working practices and information about policy issues.

Working Families aims to help children, working parents, carers and their employers find a better balance between responsibilities at home and work. <

The Maternity Alliance is a national charity working to improve rights and services for pregnant women, new parents and their families. Their site contains information and advice about rights and benefits for parents-to-be.