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Retired NHS manager urges Southgate MP Daivd Burrowes to support fight for global women's empowerment
A retired NHS manager has urged Southgate MP David Burrowes to support women’s empowerment across the world.
Sandra Mole, of Bounds Green, met the Southgate MP in Westminster on Tuesday, September 10, at a ‘women in power’ event put on by international development charity Voluntary Service Oversees (VSO).
She called for support from Mr Burrowes and the UK government to lead the way in empowering women around the globe.
One of 150 supporters at the event, Ms Mole spent three years teaching girls English in Tanzania, where she saw the monumental challenges facing women in the world’s poorest countries.
She said: “I spent three years working in Tanzania where I witnessed first-hand the inspiring efforts of local women to overcome the barriers they face in public and political life. When I returned I continued my efforts working in schools and with various under-represented communities.
“We’ve all heard of the suffragettes here in the UK. But today, women around the world are fighting similar battles to have their voices heard in public and political life.”
Mr Burrowes said: “In today's world, it is a travesty that women are not fully represented at all levels of decision making. We need to be addressing this.
“It is imperative we put gender inequality on the agenda in domestic, national and international forums. We are fortunate in having a female International Affairs Minister who will take this issue to the UN General Assembly in New York."
According to VSO, women and girls make up almost two thirds of those living in global extreme poverty and it will take 120 years before women make up half of world leaders at current rates.
Angela Salt, VSO director said: “We want to see the UK leading the way in worldwide efforts to empower women. We are calling on MPs in the UK to show their commitment by raising this important issue with the Government.”
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