March 8th. International Women’s Day. #BeBoldForChange.
Kingston and Surbiton Constituency Labour Party fully supports International Women's Day 2017 and in keeping with the theme for the day we're asking you to #BeBoldForChange
As the UN reports, International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the 20th century in North America and across Europe. Since those early years, International Women’s Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women’s movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women’s conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic arenas. Increasingly, International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
So, International Women’s Day 2017 is a call for all of us to help forge a better working world - a more inclusive, gender equal world.
That is why Sarah Champion the Labour MP for Rotherham, Rotherhams first female MP as it happens, laid out in a speech she gave yesterday, Labours position “From cuts to tax credits to the crisis in social care budgets – it is women who have consistently been hit hardest, yet it is our voices that are continuously excluded” she said.
Adding “This year, the Spring Budget is on the same day as International Women’s Day – so the 8th March becomes a critical day both for women’s rights and for the economy. Labour are determined to ensure that we do not miss this opportunity to lay out our demands for women to be at the heart of economic decisions.”
She continued by stating how important it was “For women’s voices, perspectives and interests to be properly understood, considered and heard.”
By way of example she pointed out that “As of the last autumn statement, 86% of the net gains to the Treasury through tax and benefit changes since 2010 had come from women. That figure is up on the previous year’s autumn statement, in which the figure was 81%.”
Sarah emphasised the position that Labour is taking by stating “That is why, today, Labour are calling for a Spring Budget that works for women.”
As a constituency party we are pleased to be able to say that on Wednesday March 8th 2017, women worldwide will participate in events to mark International Women's Day. This global movement celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women throughout history. As we highlight above the theme for 2017 is #BeBoldForChange again focusing on inspiring change and achieving a more inclusive gender equal world.
We should all be proud to celebrate International Women's Day which is also a period for reflection as internationally and domestically there are still major issues facing women. Tens of thousands are victims of sexual and domestic violence, sex trafficking, FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), and oppression on religious and political grounds.
As a movement we have a duty to protect and empower women. We should all campaign locally, nationally and internationally to ensure that a strong message of solidarity and support goes out to women around the world demonstrating that we care, and that we will lobby and campaign to expose abuses and promote their interests and well being.
Celebrate International Women’s Day whatever way you can and be proud to be part of a political movement that makes a change for the better in society.
Kingston and Surbiton Labon CLP Executive Committee