Labour MEPs have been at the forefront of fighting for equal rights for a long time and it is in Europe where most of our employment rights have been won. Your new Labour MEPs are proud to continue this work.
Julie was one of four Socialist and Democratic representatives from the parliament's Committee on Gender Equality and Women's Affairs invited to participate in a high-level international ministerial conference in Rome convened by the Italian Presidency of the Council of Europe. It is estimated that 1 in 3 women in the world will be affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence during her lifetime. Meanwhile, the current financial crisis has disproportionately affected women across Europe and beyond, with cuts in vital services such as refuges, and legal aid and the closure of Sure Start Centres. Delegates at the Rome conference discussed how best to speed up progress on a range of crucial issues affecting the lives of women and girls around the world including improving political representation, women on boards, implementation of anti-trafficking legislation, and closing the gender pay and pension gap.
November 25 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Here are some stark facts that show just how important it is that we act together for equal opportunities for all.
Julie is a passionate campaigner in the fight to end violence against women globally. She recently joined the vigil organised by Women's Aid SOS campaign outside Downing Street.