The Equality Commission conducted a formal investigation into the employment experiences of pregnant women and mothers, on maternity leave and on their return to work.
We explored whether pregnant women and mothers receive equal treatment in employment and identified both barriers to equality of opportunity and employment practices that women have found helpful and supportive.
Almost 1,000 women across Northern Ireland responded to an online survey sharing their experiences through focus group discussions and interviews. Employers were also given the opportunity to tell us about their experiences, concerns and good practices.
The findings were launched at Titanic, Belfast, on 29 November 2016 – read the press release
Over the next four years, the renamed Diversity and Inclusion Programme (D&IP) will work to understand and address the extent to which engineering and organisations within it are inclusive and nurture diversity of all kinds. It links to the Academy's strategic plan for 2015-2020 by addressing the need to create more inclusive cultures that inspire, attract, recruit and retain more women, ethnic minority, disabled, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, older and young people from all socio-economic backgrounds into engineering employment and professional engineering institutions (PEIs).