Thursday 11 March 2021 / 5:25 PM Marsha de Cordova / Women and Equalities

Marsha de Cordova comments on the Minister for Women and Equalities not attending the International Women’s Day debate in Parliament

Marsha de Cordova MP, Labour’s Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary, commenting on the Minister for Women and Equalities not attending the International Women’s Day debate in Parliament, said:

“This International Women’s Day debate falls a year into a pandemic that has had huge consequences for women, especially Black, Asian and ethnic minority women, disabled women and mothers. It is the first time since the beginning of this pandemic that Ministers have put aside time to talk specifically about women, despite the hugely unequal socio-economic impact of the pandemic.

“It is unacceptable that the Minister for Women and Equalities did not even bother to turn up for the debate. Gender inequality is backsliding on this Government’s watch and they do not even bother to show up in Parliament to defend their record. It is not good enough.

“Ten years after The Labour Party enshrined it into law, the Government is all but ignoring The Equality Act. Labour is calling for gender pay gap reporting to be reinstated immediately, not later this year. We are calling for the Government to undertake and publish Equality Impact Assessments of all pandemic policy and address violence against women in public spaces, in the press and on our streets.”