Latest News

March 2017

News Briefing

March 2017
England and Wales


Parity action group

Sex Discrimination

Statutory sex discrimination
Other than protective legislation for women, most statutory sex discrimination is against men.  Examples include:


  • State pension ages – the present unequal ages of 65 and 60 for men and women will not be fully equalised until year 2020
  • Pension age-related social security benefits – the present inequality will continue until year 2020
  • Liability to national insurance contributions – the present inequality for employed people over 60 (women are exempt from age 60) will continue until year 2020
  • Lump sum payments for deferred state pension – the present inequality (women start to qualify from age 60, men from age 65) will continue until year 2020
  • Widowers benefits - men widowed before April 2001 have no claim to any social security survivors benefits before that date
  • Child benefit - wife or mother has priority of title over husband or father:  there is also no mechanism for apportioning the benefit when both parents share care of the child(ren) after parental separation
  • Guardian’s allowance – wife has priority of title over husband
  • Imposition of ‘all-women’ shortlists for parliamentary and other representative elections
  • Lifelong anonymity for alleged victims of sexual offences (usually female) but none for a defendant (usually male), nor his family, even if found innocent
  • Almost no government funding for male victims of domestic violence:  government funding to local authorities in respect of domestic violence is essentially to help female victims only [see Male Victims of Domestic Abuse].


Page One

Page Three