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Region’s first Menopause Café hosts discussions on third stage of life

Issued by University of Leicester on 2 March 2018

The first university in the UK with a workplace menopause policy is now launching the region’s first Menopause Café.

Taking place at the University of Leicester during International Women’s Week on Friday 9 March, the café aims to give people a chance to share their stories, experiences and questions about menopause in a relaxed and informal setting.

Menopause Cafés were started by Rachel Weiss in Perth, Scotland. The objective is: "To increase awareness of the impact of the menopause on those experiencing it, their friends, colleagues and families, so that we can make conscious choices about this third stage of life.”

Andrea Davies from the University of Leicester School of Business and an organiser of the Leicester Menopause Café says: “At the University of Leicester we want everyone to be able to talk about menopause openly and without embarrassment. This is not an issue solely for women, men should be aware too so that they can support colleagues, students, friends and family. We want women with menopause symptoms to feel confident to discuss it and ask for support, if it is needed, so that they can continue to be successful in their roles and enjoy the right life-work balance.”

This month, a Women’s Business Council video was also launched featuring her Leicester colleague Jo Brewis. It is entitled 'How to support employees going through the menopause transition and why we need to talk about it'.

Jo, Andrea, Jesse Matheson (also of the University of Leicester School of Business) and Vanessa Beck of the University of Bristol School of Economics, Finance and Management last year published the most comprehensive study of its kind. The report – The effects of menopause transition on women’s economic participation in the UK – was funded by the Government Equalities Office.

It revealed that ‘many women tend to feel that they need to cope alone’ - because of ‘a reluctance to speak up at work’.

Following the Government report, the University of Leicester launched its Menopause Policypromoting awareness of the effects of menopause and encouraging open conversations and advice and support.

The Menopause Café takes place in the Graduate Lounge, Charles Wilson Building on Friday 9 March from 12.30 to 2pm. It’s free and open to University of Leicester staff and students, and staff of partner organisations only. Please register via Eventbrite.

Future Menopause Cafes that are open to the public are also being planned.

The authors of the Government report and colleagues from Henpicked will be there too.

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For more information please contact: Dr Andrea Davies email: a.davies@le.ac.uk

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