International Women's Day is celebrated every year on 8th March commemorating the women’s rights movement. This year more than ever the #timesup movement has highlighted the inequality women experience. When on average two women a week are murdered by a current or previous partner and 1 in 3 women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime there is clearly along way to go.
Last month at Unison women's conference Helen Pankhurst, the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, both leaders in the suffragette movement spoke. Helen highlighted violence against women and girls as the biggest barrier to women's equality.
"Women deserve the right to feel safe at work, in their homes, in public and online" said Eastleigh CLP Women's Officer Emma Kettle.
Labour have led the way for women in politics with 45% female MPs today, significantly higher than the Conservatives 21% even with a female leader. With women such as Emily Thornberry, Angela Rayner and Diane Abbott at the forefront of the party Labour is best positioned to achieve the equality women have continued to fight for.
The government programme of austerity has disproportionately impacted on women in the workplace and on benefits seeking to undo many of the strides we have made towards equality and it is only under a Labour government can we hope to reverse this.
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