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Happy International Women’s Day

Today marks International Women’s Day, celebrated around the world. The United Nations have celebrated this on 8 March since 1975 – International Women’s Year.

International Women’s Day has attracted global attention for women in developed and developing countries. There has been a growth in international women’s movement, which has been further strengthened the United Nations women’s conferences, building on support for women’s equal rights.

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In Harrow, the former Borough Commander of Police, Dal Babu implemented a Zero Tolerance policy to tackle violence against women and girls and the abuse they are subjected to.

This comes following the recent rape case leading to the death of a young girl in New Delhi which was a deeply distressing event which brought into focus the issue of violence and lack of respect towards women across the world.

Women in London get a raw deal. Childcare is 35 per cent more expensive in London. The gender gap is wider than elsewhere in the UK. Housing is more expensive than the UK average.

We need to commit ourselves to continue the battle for equality of opportunity. International Women’s Day is a time for individuals to look at what progress has been made around the world and lobby for change. We should recognize and celebrate women that have made an historical difference in their communities. We still have a way to go before progress can be achieved.

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Notes

  1. The General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring a United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace to be observed on any day of the year by Member States, in accordance with both historical and national traditions in 1977.