I'm thrilled to be celebrating International Women's Day, it's an opportunity for everyone to mark the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.
I will be updating this page throughout the day so stay tuned.
Thank you to all of the excellent speakers in yesterday's IWD Commons debate. It was thoroughly moving to hear so many speak about women's issues and how we can all contribute to make women's lives better. Here is my closing speech in the debate.
Just had an excellent tour of Parliament led by the lovely Blue Badge guide - 'From petitions to Parliament - A Short History of Women in Parliament’.
There are still great injustices that women have to endure, some highlighted below:
- Women have borne the brunt of the Government’s cuts. According to the PLP 81% of the cuts in social security in this Parliament will come from women.
- The difference between men and women’s full-time hourly earnings was 9.4% in 2015
- Full-time median hourly pay for men is £13.84 per hour while it is £12.54 for women
- Overall 27.1% of women had experienced domestic abuse since the age of 16, equivalent to 4.5 million women
Later today I will be in the House of Commons chamber for a debate in order to pay an emotional tribute to women.
To mark the 40th anniversary of the predominantly female and Asian workforce at the Grunwick Photo Processing Plant in West London who took part in landmark action to secure trade union recognition, I have signed an Early Day Motion which asks the House to recognise this great achievement.
There have been some fantastic events held for #IWD, at Brent Council this morning as well as an event attended by London Mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan yesterday.
(Credit to Julie Edwards)