Yvette Cooper MP

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MP joins Kings School pupils and local residents to support women's equality on International Women’s Day

photo.JPGYvette met with residents and students to discuss issues facing women here and around the world to mark International Women’s Day. 

 

Held on 8th March each year, the Day aims to celebrate the contribution women have made to social, economic and political life and to highlight issues still affecting women around the world.

Discussion at the event ranged from women and sport, to combating violence and harassment against women and the importance of childcare.

Yvette said:

“International Women’s Day is a chance for us to celebrate women's achievements that go unnoticed and also keep up our support for equality here and around the world.

It was brilliant to talk to talented young women with great ambitions for the future - from research scientists to doctors and lawyers. They were very impressive and had lots of ideas about challenging discrimination too.

But I'm worried many women are seeing the clock turned back. Women are still paid 20% less than men. Lots of parents I've talked to are really stressed that they can't afford basics. Research shows Government tax and benefit changes are taking three times as much from women as men, because they are cutting things like maternity pay but giving tax cuts to millionaires. That's not fair. That's why I'm calling on the Government to help mums not millionaires."

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