International Women’s Day is the 8th March. This year this is particularly poignant given the situation in Ukraine with women and children leaving husbands and sons behind to fight; whilst many Ukrainian women have taken up arms themselves. It has been particularly poignant walking down Whitehall seeing the statue remembering the contribution of 7 million women in World War II, with so many inspiring women on the frontline in Ukraine.
This year’s theme is #BreakTheBias, working towards a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women's equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.
Here in the UK, only 559 women have ever been elected to the UK parliament. I am number 529 to have been sworn in – and I very much hope that women and girls locally will see what a difference they can make by getting involved in public life – everything from being a school governor, a magistrate, parish councillor or standing for next year’s district elections.