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Lord Provost and Unicef host International Women's Day Debate


Lord Provost and Unicef UK host International Women's Day debate

Female education, employment and enterprise opportunities will be at the heart of discussion at an International Women's Day event being hosted by Glasgow's Lord Provost at the City Chambers.

This is the second consecutive year the Lord Provost Sadie Docherty has hosted an International Women's Day event in partnership with Unicef UK.

The Lord Provost said: "I am encouraged that so many inspirational women are joining me to discuss the gender gap. Economic issues have a huge impact on women and their families, particularly children. It's truly depressing that the The World Economic Forum has predicted it will take until 2133 for equality to become a reality.

"It's a big challenge. However, it's important to remember today is also a celebration of women, past and present, and their work contributing to social, economic, cultural and political achievement across the globe."

The event will kick off with a speech from Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture,

Europe and  External Affairs followed by a talk around the theme of 'Empowering women in Pakistan through Education' by Nida Mushtaq, a Pakistani feminist activist and Lucinda Rivers, Head of Unicef UK in Scotland.

 In addition, the programme will also include a round table discussion about Women with Ambition in the 21st century. BBC Radio Scotland presenter Clare English will compere throughout the day.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, said:"On International Women's Day, and every day, it is important that we all play our part in empowering women and fighting the inequalities they face. I feel privileged to be joining such an inspiring group of women at this event to discuss these key issues.

"The Scottish Government is committed to tackling poverty and inequality in Scotland, and in developing countries, by ensuring that women are given access to high quality jobs and opportunities, and given the recognition they deserve for the work that they do.

"We are proud to support women in developing countries through the International Development fund, providing the training and tools to help build a brighter future for themselves and their families."

Lucinda Rivers, Head of Unicef UK in Scotland said: "Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is central to Unicef's work around the world. In order to achieve results for children and realise the rights of every child, especially the disadvantaged, it is essential to address one of the most fundamental inequalities that exists in all societies - gender inequality.

"From inequities in education to gender based violence, girls are especially vulnerable to falling into poverty. Through this event with Glasgow City Council on International Women's Day we hope to raise awareness of these issues and work together to create a better world for women and children."

Last year's event focused on ending violence against women, while this year's theme is pledge for parity.


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