Celebrating extraordinary women on International Women’s Day

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It’s #InternationalWomensDay and a great opportunity to celebrate the dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic women who help run our country.

Pictured are just some of the incredible women running things in the Conservative Party.

It is because of these women, their forerunners and women who have demanded change here in the UK we have:

  • The second highest female employment rate in the G7
  • A £20 million partnership to educate girls in developing countries
  • Passed the landmark Domestic Abuse Act
  • Mandatory Pay Gap reporting
  • Violence against women and girls strategy
  • Levelling up for women across the UK
  • Saving families an extra £1000 a year through changes to the Universal Credit Taper Rate
  • Abolished the Tampon Tax
  • Supported £1 Million Women through the self-employment income support scheme
  • A world leading Gender Equality Policy Hub that continues to push for equality and representation in all fields of life for women – socially, economically, politically and technologically…

International Women’s Day – celebrated annually on March 8 – is a day that commemorates the social, political and economic achievements of women.

Women in different parts of the world use this day to come together to celebrate one another and rally for equal treatment and representation.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is: “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow.”

This year’s campaign is represented by the #BreakTheBias hashtag and calls on people to work towards a world that is equitable, inclusive, and free from bias and discrimination so the playing field is levelled for women moving forward.

To mark International Women’s Day Prime Minister Boris Johnson is launching a new £20 million business partnership as the UK continues to lead global efforts to improve girls’ access to education in developing countries.

Last night [7 March], a reception was held in No.10 Downing Street to mark the announcement and International Women’s Day, which was attended by partners, including: Jill Huntley, Global Managing Director, Corporate Citizenship at Accenture; Dr Betty Vandenbosch, Chief Content Officer at Coursera and Marissa Thomas, Chief Operating Officer at PwC.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

The United Kingdom has long been a proud and mighty champion of this fundamental cause and today we take one leap further through our first Global Partnership of its kind – opening the opportunity for one million girls across the developing world to have access to high quality skills training.

Ensuring every girl and young woman across the globe receives 12 years of quality education is the greatest tool in our armoury to end the world’s great injustices.

Delivering on this mission will be one of the best defences against ignorance, ensure the greatest protection from prejudice and put a rocket booster behind our hopes and dreams for global development in the years to come.

The UK is playing a leading global role to improve girls’ education in developing countries. During the UK’s G7 Presidency last year it secured agreement to help get an additional  40 million girls into school by 2026; and secondly to help 20 million girls to learn to read by the age of 10 by 2026. In 2021, the UK hosted a successful Global Education Summit, which raised $4 billion in pledges from world leaders to support schools through the Global Partnership for Education.

Between 2015 and 2020, the UK supported at least 15.6 million children in developing countries to gain a decent education, including 8.1 million girls.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson took to social media to say:

“Happy International Women’s Day to the Extraordinary Women everywhere.

This government is supporting women and levelling up opportunity across the whole United Kingdom.”

Thank you.

IWD2022 #BreakTheBias #Diversity #Conservatives #ConservativeWomen

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