Ed Davey's International Women's Day Message 2024

7 Mar 2024
Ed Davey IWD

Today marks International Women's Day—a moment to honour women's achievements, acknowledge their invaluable contributions, and reflect on the journey towards gender equality that still lies ahead. 

Over the years, the Liberal Democrats have been at the forefront of delivering that progress. 

Of course, having women at the table is a key part in delivering that. I’m proud that for the first time ever heading into a general election, women constitute the majority of our party in the House of Commons. This landmark achievement is a testament to the unwavering efforts of our campaign for gender balance.

As we celebrate International Women's Day, we honour the extraordinary women who have led us to this point, those who continue to fight for equality, and those who will drive us forward. 

Reflecting this year's theme of Investing in Women, I’m particularly thrilled with the steps our party has taken this year to address the economic barriers that disproportionately affect women. From our campaign to end period poverty across the UK, to our revolutionary new parental leave policy. 

I’d like to also recognise the crucial work of Wendy Chamberlain, Liberal Democrat MP for North East Fife. Her Carer’s Leave Bill, set to become law, grants 2.4 million unpaid carers, predominantly women, the right to five days of unpaid leave annually. It will profoundly impact carers' lives, allowing them more time to manage their caregiving responsibilities without the added stress of work commitments. These are the types of initiatives that we will always push for, changes that prioritise people and their needs in a way that truly makes a difference.

While we celebrate our achievements as a party, we recognise that the journey towards full equality continues, demanding our relentless dedication and continued efforts going forward.

Our commitment to gender equality is a key part of what makes us Liberal Democrats. Fundamentally, we are driven by the belief that a fairer society benefits everyone. We are passionate about shaping a future free from discrimination and inequality. It is this passion that will take us further in the years to come. 

For more on our work to support women, read remarks from Christine Jardine





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