The last time Britain's laws were up for modification on such an immense scale it was under the Normans. It took 800 years before women got back rights they lost in the process. Unless amended the Government ‘Repeal Bill’ may ultimately result in women’s rights being dumped in the wheelie bin of history.
Women in the UK have mostly relied on EU law and the European Court of Justice to make sure our rights get meaningful protection. Ministers will import thousands of EU rules and regulations on to our statute books as part of the Repeal Bill. All existing EU legislation will be copied across into domestic UK law. Under the Government’s proposed fast-speed ‘Henry V111’ procedures unless there is oversight and scrutiny it will be all too easy for business interests to persuade Government to get rid of what they perceive as ‘red – tape’. Warning Signals for UK women to beware of losing their employment rights in the BREXIT transition process are coming thick and fast.
More recently we witnessed a dramatic example of rapid reverse during and after the uprisings in the Arab World. At the height of the revolutions men welcomed women as partners in the struggle for democracy as, for example, in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. But after the uprising women’s rights were deliberately damned and reversed as a hangover from the ancienne regimes.
The Equality Act imposes a duty on all public authorities and bodies performing public functions to give ‘due regard’ in the performance of functions to the need -