On Thursday 5 March, MPs held a general debate relating to International Women’s Day (which takes place on 8 March). This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee. The Members in charge for this debate are Maria Miller, Mrs Caroline Spelman and Jessica Lee.
Maria Miller began by noting:
Each international women’s day gives us an opportunity to pause and take stock of the progress that we are making throughout the world in gaining a fundamental right: the right to be treated equally, regardless of our gender. The breadth of today’s debate is daunting, and I do not think that any one speaker can hope to cover every aspect of the important work that many Members are doing in the House, whether it is connected with domestic violence towards women, female genital mutilation, or a host of other issues that are equally important. I want to focus on two issues: the role of women in the workplace and their role in this place.