Today we celebrate the women who fought for the causes, rights and freedoms we have and in some cases take for granted. We
A senior member of the British House of Lords, Baroness Mary Goudie is a global advocate for the rights of women. She is on the board of Vital Voices, is involved in promoting gender equity with both the G8 and G20 and is also the Chair of the Women Leaders’ Council to Fight Human Trafficking at the United Nations. She is also a founding member of the 30% Club steering committee, which aims to influence chairman into bringing more women onto UK corporate boards. She shares perspectives on her blog - www.baronessgoudie.com.
Human trafficking can effect anyone, at anytime. It is a grave crime based on exploitation and is often masterminded by criminal gangs. It is progress that we are now aware that human trafficking is not just something that happens to people born into poverty or war, but could happen to anyone.
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International Women's Day is an important opportunity to reflect on how much progress we have made, but also an integral moment to address what still needs to be done to ensure women are able to exist equally to men in all walks of life.
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It is very clear that rape is being used as a weapon of war here and more needs to be done to protect these vulnerable women. Global leaders need to step in and take more of a stand against ISIL before it is too late and a whole culture has been wiped out and many lives ruined.
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Trafficking continues to be a global epidemic, with 600,000-800,000 men, women and children trafficked across international borders each year. Approximately 80% are women and girls. Up to 50% are minors. (US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report 2013).
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Each week there is a new story hitting the headlines of slavery happening in Britain, not a far off land where it is often considered a by product of unstable governments. This is happening in Britain and it needs to be stamped out.
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The truth is Bangladesh remains the source of the cheapest labour for the global garment industry. As costs have increased in China, global fashion brands have switched production to cheaper factories in Bangladesh, resulting in the garment industry producing 10% of the country's GDP.
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Emerging markets are not making use of women's talents and are facilitating an environment that is not only stunting for female aspirations, but can also become dangerous for women, which was illustrated by the shooting of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for campaigning for women's rights to education.
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There are a number of ways that gender inequality can be addressed. But now is the time to stop talking and move to take action. The issues are global and the need for action in the emerging markets is crucial.
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The root of the problem is the lack of education on social equality at a local level. Until local community leaders are engaged and women's rights are really taught and recognised within communities, no real change will occur.
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The 30% Club believes that quotas are harmful to the ongoing gender debate. We believe that quotas do not work, that they are counter-productive and can be harmful to the development of diversity. We believe that voluntary change is the right approach to achieving a balanced board.
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2012 is the first year that every nation competing has a female athlete in their team. This is a significant step given that in the first modern Olympics held in 1896 women were excluded and it wasn't until 1900 that Charlotte Cooper, a British tennis player, became the first woman to win an Olympic medal.
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I urge banks to work to ensure women have access and support to be able to obtain finance. I call on the G20 leaders to create the environment where women receive the support they deserve and require in order to continue to build on their contribution to the global economy.
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International Women's Day is an important celebration of the great strides women around the world are making to ensure they are recognised and working towards equality.
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Can we end global poverty? Although it wasn't top of the list of topics at recent party conferences, it is in Britain's national interest to be a leader on the issue of global poverty. It helps ensure stability at home and around the world. Where do we start? First, we need fewer handouts and better results. While there are many success stories, there is much more to do to reach our goals. In this challenging financial and political environment, where we cannot afford to waste any resource, human or otherwise, we need overseas aid that helps countries build public and private infrastructure to solve problems, not create cultures of complacency and dependency.
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