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Liberals commemorate International Women's Day
Wednesday 8 March 2017 16:03

Liberals around the world have commemorated International Women's Day (8 March) by highlighting some of the most pressing challenges women continue to face because of their gender.

In a video message, former OSCE Commissioner for National Minorities Astrid Thors (Svenska Folkpartiet, LI full-member) reiterated the importance of having a functional criminal justice system in place which protects against all forms of violence against women. "Violence against women should be punishable by law and other countries should now follow the example of the Russian Federation which recently decriminalised domestic violence and violence against women. This puts an enormous pressure on women living in difficult circumstances as we know how difficult it is for them to quit the vicious circle they are in. They need help and shelter from the authorities and a functional criminal law which really protects them" she said.

 

 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We are today establishing the International Gender Equality Prize. We will grant the award to a dedicated defender and builder of equality <a href="https://t.co/Dbt73IuSS7">https://t.co/Dbt73IuSS7</a></p>&mdash; Juha Sipilä (@juhasipila) <a href="https://twitter.com/juhasipila/status/839414638169194496">March 8, 2017</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> 

 

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Meeting the hardworking women who serve as Chiefs of Staff in our government ahead of International Women’s Day! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IWD2017?src=hash">#IWD2017</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EqualityMatters?src=hash">#EqualityMatters</a> <a href="https://t.co/SFRMHxL2eo">pic.twitter.com/SFRMHxL2eo</a></p>&mdash; Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) <a href="https://twitter.com/JustinTrudeau/status/839224483462459392">March 7, 2017</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

 

The President of the International Network of Liberal Women, Margaret de Vos Van Steenwijk, has further appealed for equal access to education and career opportunities for women and girls. "Twice as many women around the world are spending many hours on household responsibilities and unpaid work which goes at the expense of being educated for jobs. We want to change this world of unrewarded work into a world where women and girls are able to make a  choice to have a career" she said.

Vice-President on LI Bureau Robert Woodthorpe Browne MBE echoed these messages by stressing that culture cannot be an excuse to violate the rights of women and girls whereas the DA Shadow Minister of Women in the Precedency Denise Robinson (Democratic Alliance, LI full-member) insisted that economic empowerment of women is vital so that they can become an equal member of the society.

The full video message can be accessed on LI's official YouTube channel by clicking on the image below:




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