Written evidence submitted by Mrs Kelly Baker

I am the MOD menopause network co-lead and our membership is open to military colleagues as well as civilian.

I have been made aware of numerous menopause factors for military personnel and them experiencing a detriment for being a woman going through the menopause:

These are some of the things placing women in detriment for going through a natural phase in their life.

Pregnancy is a protected characteristic and therefore covered in the military and a special uniform is provided. However, the menopause causes far more medical symptoms than pregnancy, lasts for many years and is not recognised as a protected characteristic, so not catered for in the military.


21 December 2020