UK Feminista takes to Parliament to raise awareness for gender equality

Steve met with constituents attending a lobby of Parliament to raise awareness of gender equality issues.

UK Feminista, a movement of ordinary men and women campaigning for gender equality, turned out in force on Wednesday 24 October to lobby MP’s on several issues.The great-granddaughter of Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst branded parliament “an old boys’ club” as she led a feminist march of hundreds of women and men to lobby MPs on women’s equality.


 Steve met with campaigners from Birmingham Selly Oak who wanted to talk about ending violence against women and girls; strengthening democracy and improving representation of women across society; promoting equality in the economy, work and family and; ensuring equality in justice and rights for women.


Specifically they wanted to speak to Steve about Jeremy Hunt’s recent comments on reducing the abortion limit and introducing compulsory sex and relationship education into schools to help tackle violence against women.


Steve McCabe said:

“I was extremely worried that one of the first things Jeremy Hunt did when made Health Secretary was come out in support of reducing the abortion limit to 12 weeks. It is not for the Health Secretary to remove women’s reproductive rights on the basis of his feelings on the issue; any change to the law on abortion should be firmly based in scientific fact.


“It was really interesting to talk to my constituents about strategies to tackle violence against women. I am joining their call to introduce compulsory sex and relationship education into schools; we have to better educate our young people so they are aware of the issues and consequences of their actions.


“I think we still have a long way to go to achieve gender equality and we all need to do more to ensure that the composition of Parliament better reflects society. We need more female MP’s and more MP’s from black and ethnic minority backgrounds.


“It was great to meet with constituents who were passionate about creating change in these important areas.”

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