Rosalind Bragg

ALUMNI

Degree

Master of Politics and Policy

Campus

Cloud

Graduation year

2009

Current position

Director, Maternity Action, UK

Overview

Rosalind Bragg is Director of Maternity Action UK, an organisation that works to challenge inequality and promote wellbeing for all pregnant women, new mothers and their families. The charity works on employment rights, social inclusion and improving access to health care.

Defending the rights of women

If you look Rosalind up on the internet, you will find interviews with her on the BBC, Sky News, Huffington Post, as well as articles she has written. In each of these publications or broadcasts Rosalind speaks eloquently and passionately, promoting and defending the rights of pregnant women and new parents in the UK. In person she is equally as enthusiastic on this topic and the organisation she works for, Maternity Action.

Rosalind is the Director of Maternity Action, the UK’s leading charity dedicated to ending inequality and improving the health and wellbeing of pregnant women, partners and young children – from conception through to the child’s early years. Rosalind explains the comprehensive approach of the organisation:

'Maternity Action not only lobbies government, it is also responsible for providing advice to parents and conducting training programs for health professionals. On any given day we might have calls from pregnant women who are worried about their rights at work, their benefits, or even their entitlement to health care. We have a strand of work on improving access to the healthcare and benefits systems for refugees, asylum seekers, and new migrants. We offer training programs to midwives, and other health professionals, to support their work with vulnerable pregnant women.'

While many might assume that we have made great progress in the area of maternity and parental rights at work, especially in developed countries, Rosalind had some staggering statistics on the state of play in the UK: 

'54,000 women a year lose their job purely because they had a baby. There are around 500,000 working women who are either pregnant or on maternity leave at any one time so this is a huge proportion of new mothers and a very serious issue.'

And how does Australia fair in this area?

'While Australian women are also facing widespread pregnancy discrimination at work, Australia has yet to establish a similarly comprehensive and dedicated organisation like Maternity Action. In 2013, I was invited to meet with the Australian Human Rights Commission who were very interested in our organisation. It is interesting that Australia hasn’t yet established a similar service.'

Rosalind’s great leadership and advocacy on this issue and the ongoing exposure of Maternity Action around the globe, may encourage countries like Australia to more actively invest in organisations or measures that support the rights of pregnant women and new parents.

If you are interested in reading more about Maternity Action, head to www.maternityaction.org.uk or you can follow them on Twitter @maternityaction and Facebook.

Rosalind Bragg on Channel 5 News (UK)

Speaking on Channel 5's NewsTalk Live, Rosalind Bragg reacts to Leader of the UK Independence Party Nigel Farage's comments on mothers being 'worth less' to employers than men.