Women account for approximately two-thirds of the 1.4 billion people globally who live in extreme poverty, but are being shut out of decision making that has a profound impact on their lives and those of their families.
On Tuesday 10th September 2013 our London staff and UK volunteers were part of the VSO ‘Women In Power’ lobbying event in Westminster. Volunteers campaigned for a specific goal in the Post 2015 framework to focus on women’s participation and influence in all levels of life. Over 20 volunteers met with their MPs to discuss this important global issue, with many MPs agreeing to support the campaign and take further action in parliament.
Photo courtesy of Joseph Simpson.
The event coincided with the release of a full report ‘Women in Power: beyond access to influence in a post-2015 world’ which sets out the case for a specific goal in the Post 2015 framework. These discussions present a unique opportunity to ensure women and girl’s empowerment, gender equality and increasing women’s role in decision making remains a key priority and provides the momentum to drive forward progress in these areas.
Volunteer Sarah-Jane Burke met with her MP Stephen Phillips as part of the event. He said:
"It was a pleasure to meet with Sarah-Jane and hear about the campaign for a standalone goal to promote the participation of women in political life around the world. It is an important issue and I have written as she requested to the Secretary of State for International Development. It is always helpful for me as an MP to meet with my constituents and hear their concerns about a wide range of topics, and I am grateful to Sarah-Jane for taking the time to come and talk with me."
Thank you to all our volunteers for attending and campaigning on behalf of Restless Development.
Interested in finding out more about the campaign? Visit ‘VSO Women in Power’ for more details on how to get involved.