Accessible baby-changing facilities for ALL!

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Jamie Hallows
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John Legend and Ashton Kutcher have both led the way in the USA to solve the problem we have on both sides of the pond, so i call upon the UK to follow in the USAs footsteps by making a change and trying to solve this problem aswell.

Im sure many fathers can relate to this situation... Many a time have i been in a public place and in need of somewhere to change my little girls nappy but struggling for somewhere to go. Most baby changing facilities are loacted within the female toilets, or in the disabled toilets.
I see 2 main problems with this:
1. These disabled toilets arnt as accessible as you may be led to believe, due to location wothin the building and the lack of them.
2. Due to the lack of them, using this facility for baby changing will block this facility up and therefore not allow disabled people to use the facility which was disigned for them as. They need it more.

I believe that although this problem can be easily solved, companies in the UK still expect women (mothers) to be the ones who look after the baby and change the bottoms, leaving hand-ons fathers to struggle.

These companies along with the media are the ones who create this toxic idea of masculinity and add to the view that its feminine to change babys bottoms and push prams. This is so wrong!

An example is VUE cinema in Manchester Printworks... they have 5 floors of public space with one disbled toilet with baby changing located on the 1st floor... is this accessible baby changing for fathers? Other baby changing facilities are located within the female toilets on the other floors.

Companies should be forced to install baby changing facilities in male and female toilets to make them more accessible for ALL!
Or they should install a multi gender room specifically for baby changing which is as accessible to the public as toilets are.

Fathers want to be as involved in our babies lives as mothers are. I urge the UK government and large corporations to lead the way in allowing us to have that opportunity.

Thankyou.


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