Dr MEHREEN FARUQI ( 10:03 :35 ): I move:
(1)That this House notes that:
(a)Thursday 8 March is International Women’s Day;
(b)this year’s theme is “Press for Progress”, acknowledging that gender parity is an estimated 217 years away, which is unacceptable;
(c)this year the United Nations also draws attention to the rights and activism of rural women, who make up more than a quarter of the world’s population but fare worse than rural men or urban women on almost every measure of development, because of deep-seated gender inequalities and discrimination;
(d)this year International Women’s Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movements for women’s rights, equality and justice, such as the #metoo and #timesup movements; and
(e)we must do everything possible to build on this momentum and close the gender gap at a much faster pace.
(2) That this House declares its continued commitment to the progress of women’s rights, both legally and socially.
Motion agreed to.