Mark Williams, Member of Parliament for Ceredigion, has hosted students in Westminster as part of International Women’s Day to promote greater equality for women in politics and the wider world.
Mark met up with two students, Julianna Barker and Annabel Talco from Ceredigion, who were able to watch and ask questions during a session of the Women and Equalities Select Committee, visit Downing Street and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, shadow Mark, and watch some of the International Women’s Day debate in Parliament.
The group of 66 students from across the UK also took part in a workshop run by Frances Scott, founder of the 50:50 Parliament campaign, and her team which got everyone thinking about how more female representation in Parliament can be achieved.
MPs from the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and the Scottish National Party all took part in the day.
During the debate, MPs discussed the motion “That this House expresses its solidarity with International Women’s Day; notes with concern that, despite women making up 51 per cent of society as a whole, more progress needs to be made in electing women to Parliament, as well as in establishing equal pay and parity between men and women in positions of leadership; and calls for greater action against FGM and other practices that are harmful to women”
Mark said “It was wonderful to meet two very bright and interested students from Ceredigion on International Women’s Day. I was pleased that they were able to get to experience Parliament, hear from some inspirational speakers about the importance of female representation in politics, and visit Downing Street and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
“I believe strongly in diversity in our politics, and we must do all we can to encourage a far more diverse range of people to become involved to ensure that our Parliament accurately reflects society.”