The March of the Mummies is back with thousands expected to march for more rights and support around childcare, flexible working and parental leave at the end of the month.
Over 10,000 mummies will be marching across the UK on 29th October to demand more government support for affordable, quality childcare, parental leave reforms and flexible jobs by default.
The protest, which is led by Pregnant Then Screwed, will march across 11 regions – London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Leeds, Cardiff, Glasgow, Newcastle, Norwich, Belfast and Exeter.
The ‘March of The Mummies’ protest, which Pregnant Then Screwed has run before, is Halloween-themed. The aim is to demonstrate the frightening lack of consideration mothers have been granted by the Government.
Celebrities joining the march include the author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and actors Bronagh Waugh and Sarah Solemani. MP’s will also be attending the march, including Stella Creasy and Munira Wilson.
The national protest is demanding reform on three key issues:
Increased funding for the childcare sector to enable affordable, high quality childcare for all children
Ring-fenced and properly paid maternity and paternity leave
All jobs to be flexible by default
Joeli Brearley, CEO and Founder of Pregnant Then Screwed, said: ‘’The recent mini budget made it very clear that this Government neither understands nore cares about the challenges mothers are experiencing. The proposed policy of slashing benefits for those who work part time will disproportionately impact mothers who work part time as they cannot afford childcare and because they do the majority of the unpaid labour. Women’s economic empowerment hinges on a system that works for us, and the government needs to start taking this, us, seriously. We are calling for an end to the shambolic support system that is failing mothers and families everywhere. We want to see change now.”
*To find out about and sign up for a march in your region, click here.