What do the Labour and Lib Dem manifestos promise on womens issues? – The Independent

While Boris Johnsons Conservative Party is yet to reveal its manifesto for the upcoming General Election, Jeremy Corbyns Labour Party and Jo Swinsons Liberal Democrats have disclosed what they are promising the nation should they come into power.

The parties manifestoscover various significant areas, including the environment, health, education, Brexit and issues pertaining to women.

As the nation prepares to go to the polls on Thursday 12 December on what is being called the Brexit election,we delve into the parties promises on treatment of women in the workplace support for survivors of abuse and plans for the gender pay gap.

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Here is what the Labour and LiberalDemocrat manifestos promise with regards to womens issues:

The election manifesto for the Lib Demsstresses that greater representation is needed for women in public life and in the workplace.

However, deep-seated and unconscious biases mean that numerous work environments are still lacking on the equality front.

We will tackle institutional biases, promote equality and hold power to account through applying values of openness, transparency and accountability, the political party states.

Here is what the Lib Dems are promising in their manifesto for the welfare of women:

In an effort to improve representation of women in business, the Lib Dems state that they will push for at least 40 per cent of board members in FTSE (Financial Times Stock Exchange) 350 companies to be women.

The Lib Dems also state they would like to encourage employers to refrain from showing bias when hiring new workersby extending the use of name-blind recruitment methods in the public sector and encouraging its increased use in the private sector.

In addition, the party promises to develop a free, comprehensive unconscious bias training toolkit and make the provision of unconscious bias training to all members of staff a condition of the receipt of public funds.

In the UK, around one in 10 girls aged between 14 and 21 are unable to afford sanitary products, charity Compassion UK states.

The Lib Dems say in their manifesto they are aiming to end period poverty by removing VAT from sanitary products, making them more affordable.

The party also says it will provide free sanitary products in public buildings including schools, hospitals, shelters, libraries, GP surgeries, food banks and universities.

The party states it wants to end the gender price gap by eliminating the pink tax, which is when products advertised towards women cost more than similar products targeted at men.

Earlier this year, razor brand Gillette was accused of sexism and hypocrisy by selling razors for women that cost $3 (2.34) more than similar razors for men, while promoting campaigns to combat toxic masculinity.

The Lib Dems would like all schools in the UK to enforce gender-neutral uniform policies, while also breaking down outdated perceptions of gender appropriateness of certain subjects.

Several schools have recently made headlines for introducing gender-neutral uniform regulations.

While one school in Ireland said that their new uniform policy means that girls can wear trousers and boys can wear skirts, another school in Lewes, East Sussex banned all pupils from wearing skirts as part of its new uniform guidelines, a decision that sparked frustration among some students parents.

The Lib Dems include several initiatives in their manifesto for supporting girls and women who have survived violent attacks.

These include ratifying and bringing the Istanbul Convention (Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence) into law, bringing about a change to the statutory definition of domestic abuse so that it includes the impact it can have on children and increasing the number of refuges and rape crisis centres available for girls and women.

A picture shows the messages "#Me too" and #Balancetonporc ("expose your pig") on the hand of a protester during a gathering against gender-based and sexual violence called by the Effronte-e-s Collective, on the Place de la Republique square in Paris

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Italian actress Asia Argento (C) and US singer and actress Rose McGowan, who both accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, take part in a march organised by 'Non Una Di Meno' (Me too) movement as part of the International Women's Day in Rome

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Victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual abuse and their supporters protest during a #MeToo march in Hollywood, California

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Swedish MEP Linna Engstrm sits behind a placard placed on her desk that reads "Me too" during a debate about combating sexual harassment and abuse in the EU at the European Parliament in Strasbourg

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Activists participate in front of the Brandenburg Gate in a demonstration for women's rights in Berlin

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A McDonald's employee holds a sign during a protest against sexual harassment in the workplace in Chicago

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An activist participates in the 2018 #MeToo March in Hollywood

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Women protest in New York

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Women hold a banner reading "still feminist" with the Eiffel tower in background

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French activist Jean-Baptiste Redde, aka Voltuan, holds a placard as protesters take part in a gathering against gender-based and sexual violence in Paris

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A group describing themselves as #MeToo/#YoTambien survivors, hold a candlelight vigil outside the Mexico Consulate to support the women taking part in the human caravan heading through Mexico to the US border

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Victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual abuse and their supporters protest during a #MeToo march in Hollywood

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South Korean demonstrators hold banners during a rally to mark International Women's Day

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Dozens of women and men attend a rally and march in Washington Square Park for international Women's Day in New York

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People carry signs addressing the issue of sexual harassment at a #MeToo rally outside of Trump International Hotel in New York

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Victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual abuse and their supporters protest during a #MeToo march in Hollywood

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South Korean demonstrators hold banners during a rally to mark International Women's Day

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Dozens of protesters against the confirmation of Republican Supreme court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh gather outside of Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer's office on the afternoon that Professor Christine Blasey Ford testified against Kavanaugh in New York

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Activists and advocates for survivors of sexual abuse gather in the Federal Building Plaza in Chicago

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Dozens of women and men attend a rally and march in Washington Square Park

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People carry signs addressing the issue of sexual harassment at a #MeToo rally outside of Trump International Hotel

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Activists and advocates for survivors of sexual abuse gather in the Federal Building Plaza to protest the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh

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A picture shows the messages "#Me too" and #Balancetonporc ("expose your pig") on the hand of a protester during a gathering against gender-based and sexual violence called by the Effronte-e-s Collective, on the Place de la Republique square in Paris

AFP/Getty

Italian actress Asia Argento (C) and US singer and actress Rose McGowan, who both accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, take part in a march organised by 'Non Una Di Meno' (Me too) movement as part of the International Women's Day in Rome

AFP/Getty

Victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual abuse and their supporters protest during a #MeToo march in Hollywood, California

AFP/Getty

South Korean women staging a monthly protest against secretly-filmed spycam pornography in Seoul. Since May 2018, the monthly demonstrations against secretly-filmed spycam pornography in Seoul has shattered records to become the biggest-ever women's protest in South Korea where the global #MeToo movement has unleashed an unprecedented wave of female-led activism

AFP/Getty

Swedish MEP Linna Engstrm sits behind a placard placed on her desk that reads "Me too" during a debate about combating sexual harassment and abuse in the EU at the European Parliament in Strasbourg

AFP/Getty

Activists participate in front of the Brandenburg Gate in a demonstration for women's rights in Berlin

Getty

A McDonald's employee holds a sign during a protest against sexual harassment in the workplace in Chicago

AFP/Getty

An activist participates in the 2018 #MeToo March in Hollywood

Getty

Women protest in New York

Getty

Women hold a banner reading "still feminist" with the Eiffel tower in background

AFP/Getty

French activist Jean-Baptiste Redde, aka Voltuan, holds a placard as protesters take part in a gathering against gender-based and sexual violence in Paris

AFP/Getty

Activists and advocates for survivors of sexual abuse, including Democratic candidate for Illinois governor at the time JB Prtizker (left), gather in the Federal Building Plaza to protest the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Chicago, Illinois after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted out Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and agreed to an additional week of investigation into accusations of sexual assault against him before the full Senate votes on his confirmation. Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both teens

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A group describing themselves as #MeToo/#YoTambien survivors, hold a candlelight vigil outside the Mexico Consulate to support the women taking part in the human caravan heading through Mexico to the US border

AFP/Getty

Victims of sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual abuse and their supporters protest during a #MeToo march in Hollywood

AFP/Getty

South Korean demonstrators hold banners during a rally to mark International Women's Day

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