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Lords International Women's Day debate

18 March 2022

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To mark International Women's Day, the House of Lords debated the UK's role in furthering and protecting the equality of women internationally and domestically, on Thursday 17 March. 


During the debate in Grand Committee, work away from the chamber, members discussed a range of topics including:

  • prioritising aid for women and girls in the International Development Strategy

  • tackling online hate and abuse

  • impact of COVID-19 pandemic on wage inequalities

  • focusing on girls' education, including encouraging STEM subjects in schools

  • tackling violence against women and girls

  • prioritising women and girls in responding to humanitarian crises

  • work incentives and childcare programmes to help women get back into work.

Baroness Stedman-Scott (Conservative), Minister for Women, opened the debate and responded on behalf of the government.

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Image: House of Lords/Roger Harris