On Monday 9th March, Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, attended the Women in Westminster event at the House of Commons to celebrate influential women in Westminster.
This event on Monday was the first annual celebration of the 100 most influential women in Westminster. It follows on from International Women’s Day on Sunday 8th March and aims to recognise the excellent achievements of women in UK politics.
This year’s International Women’s Day’s theme is Each for Equal and strives to encourage individuals to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions and celebrate women’s achievements. The Women in Westminster event did just that, as it works towards a gender equal government which will hopefully encourage other women to enter politics in the UK, and worldwide.
After the event, Sir David said “It was very inspirational to see women celebrated throughout Westminster and I congratulate Baroness Jenkin of Kennington, and all others involved, for putting on such a successful event. There are now a record 220 female MPs in Parliament which is very encouraging, but it is good to see journalists, those involved in political organisations and other non-MPs included on the list of influential women.”