The Open University marks Endometriosis Awareness Month with ‘Managing Endometriosis at Work’ event

The Open University is starting a conversation about improving support for people with endometriosis in the workplace, with an event on Tuesday 17 March.

‘Managing Endometriosis at Work’ is a FREE event, open to anyone who wishes to attend. It will take place from 6-8.30pm on campus in Milton Keynes and will also be live streamed via YouTube.

‘Managing Endometriosis at Work’ aims to tackle #EndoWorkTaboo during this March’s Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis is a chronic condition affecting one and a half million women around the UK, predominantly of working age.

Despite experiencing invisible, fluctuating and debilitating symptoms on a regular basis, many women continue to work in pain. Others are forced to alter their working patterns to accommodate symptoms, such as becoming part-time, self-employed, or leaving the workforce entirely.

This event led by The Open University Business School (OUBS) will involve a panel discussion covering experiences of endometriosis in the workplace, breaking the taboo around women’s health in the workplace, reasonable workplace adjustments, and developing supportive policies.

The panel will comprise:

  • Jo Brewis, OUBS Professor of People and Organisations
  • Victoria Williams, OU PhD student and TEDxOpenUniversity speaker (whose women’s health work has been referenced in Parliament)
  • Louise Davies, OU Senior Policy Adviser and endometriosis sufferer
  • Rosie Longman, barrister and volunteer for national charity Endometriosis UK
  • Caitlin Adams, University and College Union (UCU) Branch President and Research and Enterprise Manager, OU’s Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Marcella Zanchi, UK Marketing and Communications Manager for feminine care company Intimina.

Following the panel discussion, a Q&A session will take place and there will be networking opportunities and refreshments for those in attendance.

PhD student and endometriosis sufferer Victoria said: “This is a very important event that aims to raise awareness and understanding of the implications of endometriosis for working people. The time has come to #EndoWorkTaboo. Please come along to this free event, it’s open to all regardless of gender. Expect an evening of education and discussion around planning for the future. The more the merrier!”

To find out more about the event, visit: http://business-school.open.ac.uk/events/managing-endometriosis-at-work and register to attend here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/managing-endometriosis-at-work-tickets-91122569057?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Or, to watch on the night via YouTube, you can visit: http://bit.ly/Endo-at-Work

UPDATE: This event has been suspended in light of the coronavirus pandemic, and will be rescheduled. A new event date will be confirmed in due course.

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