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A Debate on Older Women in the Labour Market

Do current labour market policies acknowledge the special challenges faced by older women?

What kind of changes should older women be seeking?

Date: Monday 30 June 2014, 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Venue:Committee Room 8, House of Commons, SW1H 9NB

Context:The disadvantages faced by older people in the labour market have been explored in detail by TAEN over the past decades. In this debate we seek to bring into the open some of the issues faced by older women in particular. How far are their unique issues relating to health, careers, family and social roles recognised and addressed? How will older women adjust to the changes in state pension age and expectations of working longer which Governments of all parties broadly share?

What of the broader changes in society – the emergence of ‘the sandwich generation’ which often sees women taking on caring roles for older and younger members of the same family? How could all these - and the many other factors too numerous to mention – shape a model for a better labour market in which gender and age are part of a sensitive and joined up response?

Confirmed Speaker: Sharon Hodgson MP, Shadow Spokesperson on Women, Families and Equality Issues

Invited Speakers include: Scarlet Harris, Women’s Equality Officer, TUC 

Join the debate on Monday 30 June 2014, 4.30pm – 6.30pm.

To reserve your place at what is expected to be a popular event, email Joy White  joy.white@taen.org.uk

For those attending the debate, please leave plenty of time to get throughsecurity at the House of Commons.

This event is supported by the European Social Fund and Europe for Citizens