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18 October 2022

World Menopause Day 2022

Continuing the conversation
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Continuing the conversation & breaking the stigma

Today is World Menopause Day. A day to raise awareness, break the stigma and highlight the available support. You've heard us talking about menopause more than once since the last World Menopause Day in 2021. It's not something that last for just 24 hours like the awareness day itself. We’ve continued to work jointly with Lloyds Banking Group to help colleagues manage the menopause from start to finish and offer practical support and guidance to help many people through this major life transition.

In October 2021 Lloyds Banking Group launched improved menopause guidance – but our joint work didn’t stop there. In January 2022, Accord launched its own menopause activity month which included training for reps and our staff, an awareness webinar hosted with the Bank Workers Charity, and new guidance with sources of support and practical tips. We also launched our own network of menopause advocates who raise awareness and signpost to support across the UK.

This World Menopause Day, we're continuing the conversation.

Why we're talking about menopause

You don't have to be a woman or someone who has a menstrual cycle to be affected by menopause. Many of us will have colleagues we work with, people in our close family, or our friends who are experiencing the symptoms of menopause. When we think about menopause in a work context, there are around 4.4 million women aged 50+ who are in work, and around 13 million menopausal people in the UK - so it's an important conversation for us to have.

Here are some further statistics you may not know:

BWC Wellbeing Webinar

Replay our webinar

In January 2022 we hosted a joint awareness wellbeing webinar session with the Bank Workers Charity (BWC). The session looked at both the perimenopause (the transition into menopause) and the menopause.

During the session, Heena Kang from the BWC examined the silence that often surrounds the subject and provided guidance on where to get specialised support. We also looked at the astonishing impact of the menopause at work, and how some employers are becoming menopause friendly.

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BMS promo video - continuing the conversation

Cutting through all the information

As more people start talking about menopause, there's a danger that the wealth of information (and unfortunately sometimes misinformation) may become overwhelming and confusing. 

This is the worry of the British Menopause Society, who will be launching a programme on World Menopause Day 2022. The promo video is accessible by selecting the image on the right.

Louise Minchin will be hosting a special programme today called ‘Menopause: Continuing the Conversation’ focused on cutting through the noise to give straight talking, clear guidance and advice from BMS menopause specialists, healthcare professionals and BMS members, with information from industry experts, providing support for people to recognise and improve their symptoms.

The British Menopause Society (BMS) is the specialist authority for menopause and post reproductive health in the UK. Established in 1989, the BMS educates, informs and guides healthcare professionals, working in both primary and secondary care, on menopause and all aspects of post reproductive health.

Resources and further support

Accord's ED&I Group

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The Accord Equality Diversity & Inclusion group’s aim is to maximise our members' potential, regardless of background, and ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect. It’s a place where diversity is celebrated, without prejudice or judgement. It’s a chance to collectively learn from our experiences and enrich all our lives.

The group get involved in a broad spectrum of events across the year. If you’re interested, why not get involved — email us at [email protected] or register to join online.

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