International Women's Day 2019 - reflecting on all our events over the years

International Women's Day 2019 - reflecting on all our events over the years

08 March 2019

With Brexit in the offing and as we mark International Women’s Day once again, I’ve been reflecting on all the events I’ve organised as an MEP to mark this occasion each year. Over the course of our fundraising lunches and dinners, we managed to raise over £75,000 for international projects to benefit women and girls. This has made a real difference on the ground and that’s down to all women across Yorkshire and the Humber who’ve supported our events.

When we had our IWD dinner last year at Cedar Court, I thought it would be the final one as I said it’d be the last one I organised as an MEP before Brexit. It turned out to be our most successful one to date with over £9,000 raised for SB Overseas here. But, as you may know, Holly Lynch MP is continuing the tradition and is organising a fundraising dinner next Thursday 14 March at Cedar Court Hotel for this year’s International Women’s Day.

In relation to Brexit, at the time of writing, exactly what will happen with Brexit is still not clear though as things stand we’re planning to close my constituency office around the March 29th date. But before we do that, and to mark this year’s International Women’s Day, I just wanted to remind everyone of how women have benefitted from our EU membership. True some protections already existed in UK law before we joined - like equal pay - but the EU built on and enhanced these rights and provides a legal floor which no Member State can go below. You can read more on these rights below.

In a post-Brexit Britain, our rights cannot be taken for granted. We have already seen from the government’s austerity measures that women are not at the heart of this government’s policies. Labour MEPs worked hard to win these protections and I hope that legacy will be protected.

Happy International Women’s Day and thank you again for your support over the last 21 years.

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