Each year 8 March is International Women’s Day. Equality for women has taken huge steps forward since 1908 but there is still a long way to go. Women continue to struggle for equality in terms of financial independence, success in senior leadership roles and engineering, science and technology careers and in receiving equal recognition in sport. In 2014 women are not treated equally. Male violence towards women continues in a huge array of forms the world over and women continue to be oppressed by society.
As part of an event to mark International Women’s Day 2014, I was invited to attend European Parliament in Brussels, for a two day seminar highlighting the work they are doing to address the inequalities suffered by women.
The seminar was entitled; ‘Women and the elections: will this time be different? and ‘Domestic abuse: a challenge for all of us.’ At this event, it was revealed that the levels of violence towards UK women are often higher than the EU average.
The following piece was commissioned by Women’s Views on News and published on their site 6 March 2014.