Leading up to International Women’s Day

March 7, 2008 at 12:31 pm / by

Most of you will be aware that International Women’s Day (IWD) is marked on 8th March every year. It is a major day of global celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women. I was lucky enough to be invited to the International Women’s Day reception in the Prime Minister’s Room, House of Commons. You can see my photos here. I went along with some of the London Young Labour women and we were extremely impressed to see a huge spread of food and drink including a beautiful cake!

We were all given green, white and purple ribbons to wear (you can see the ribbons in my photos) and Barbara Follett MP explained the significance of these colours. She also spoke about the importance of getting women between the age of 18-24 to vote. Apparently, this age group is least likely to be registered to vote so girls, if you are reading this, please go and get yourself registered! After all, our female ancestors fought very hard for the right to vote so we should really make use of their efforts.

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Hazel Blears spoke about the role of women in her CLP and the need to increase representation of women in local politics. I chatted to her about involving more women in London Young Labour and I was really pleased to discover that she was very engaging and encouraging.

Tulip and Hazel

I spent the rest of my day watching the very interesting International Women’s Day debate in the House of Commons.