Lords International Women's Day debate
18 March 2022
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.
Members speaking in the debate included:
- Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle (Green), founding chair of the Green Party Women's Group
- Baroness Cox (Crossbench), founder and CEO of the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART)
- Baroness Gale (Labour), former Wales commissioner for the Women's National Commission
- Baroness Hodgson of Abinger (Conservative), Chair of Advisers, Gender Action for Peace & Security (GAPS)
- Baroness Northover (Liberal Democrats), president of Liberal Democrat Women.
Watch and read the debate
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- Read the Lords Hansard transcript
- See how the House of Lords is celebrating Women's History Month
- view images of the debate on Flickr
Explore background information
Find out more about the issues the debate covers in the House of Lords Library briefing.
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