There is a lot about the current situation with COVID-19 that is frightening and unknowable. However, there are also some extraordinary opportunities to do things differently – and do them better. There are some things that those involved in systems of governance can do to transform the current emergency into an opportunity to restructure gendered power norms and create healthier, more vibrant societies and communities.
Historic event sees women MPs from across the world in Westminster
On 8 November, women MPs from across the world met in Westminster for an historic one-day event to discuss how to make politics more inclusive.
Over 100 MPs from 86 countries united to celebrate the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK. Delegates discussed the specific challenges facing women MPs today and how these might be overcome.
Opening the event, Secretary of State for International Development and Minister for Equalities, Penny Mordaunt MP welcomed women legislators and called on all participants to help drive change nationally and internationally.
Mother of the House of Commons, Labour MP Harriet Harman praises attendees for the pioneering work they do pushing to realise equality.
Chairing the first session of the Women MPs of the World conference, Andrea Leadsom MP, Leader of the House of Commons, talks about the importance of inspiring more women to participate in public life.
Ya Kumba Jaiteh, Member of the National Assembly in The Gambia explains why ensuring women’s effective participation in public life is so important in her country. Ya Kumba wants to set up the first ever Women’s Caucus in the National Assembly.
Tamara Adrian, Member of the National Assembly of Venezuela and the first transgender person elected to office in Latin America, talks about the role of legislators in challenging prejudice and promoting equal rights.
WFD is committed to improving women’s empowerment globally. Women only engagements – like the Women MPs of the World event – allow emerging women leaders to further develop their skills in a supportive environment.
In 2019, WFD’s work will continue to take into consideration the social, cultural, economic and political norms that inhibit women’s full participation in politics. We will work with partners to develop systems and strategies that challenge and transform these.
The full conference video footage is available on WFD vimeo.
Photo: UK Parliament / Jessica Taylor
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