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International Women’s Day

by Frances Haigh on 7 March, 2017

 

On March 8, people in dozens of countries all over the world will observe International Women’s Day, a day that for more than a century has been set aside to celebrate women’s achievements and campaign for gender equality. On International Women’s Day 2017, everyone is being asked to #BeBoldForChange.

“I am pleased to add my support to International Women’s Day. It is crucial that people are able to come together to celebrate the achievements of women around the world. However this is not a time to just be reflective but also a time to look forward and work together to stamp out all signs of inequality that threaten to undermine our society.”

“Despite poverty, we raise families. Despite discrimination, we excel and prosper. Despite pressures to fulfil roles that are defined for us, we can be strong, confident and secure in ourselves. To all young girls, I say one thing – become the woman you want to be.”

“I’m supporting International Women’s Day because women are the answer to many of the world’s problems and investing in women’s education, empowerment, and entrepreneurship will change the world.”

In Horsham, the local team are calling for more women to register to vote. This can be done easily at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

“I think it’s important we remember the struggle of women both past and present to win the right to vote and to stand for election.”

“You can register online in just a few minutes. If going online is not suitable, a paper registration form is still available.”

“Being able to vote gives you a say on who represents you in your local council and in the UK Parliament. If you’re registered, you’ll have the chance to have a say on who represents you by voting. Some people are quick to say when they disagree with politicians, but if you don’t register and don’t vote, you won’t be able to have your say. And remember too, that EU Citizens can still vote in local elections.”

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