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March of The Mummies - Organised by Pregnant Then Screwed

March of The Mummies is a national protest to demand Government reform on: childcare, parental leave and flexible working. Baroness Shaista Gohir (CEO of MWNUK) was one of many notable key speakers at the protest.

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March of The Mummies - Organised by Pregnant Then Screwed

March of The Mummies is a national protest to demand Government reform on: childcare, parental leave and flexible working. Baroness Shaista Gohir (CEO of MWNUK) was one of many notable key speakers at the protest.

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