Today is International Women’s Day. Today is for celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – but is also a call to action to accelerate gender equality.
This year’s theme is #PressForProgress.
A recent report from the World Economic Forum suggested that gender parity is almost 200 years away. That's not good enough.
And despite the strong momentum towards parity – embodied in campaigns like #MeToo and #TimesUp – there is a lot we need to do.
In Kingston Liberal Democrats we have a gender balanced council group, and 56% of our candidates for this May's Council elections are women. Each ward has at least one woman standing as a candidate.
We're proud of the progress we've been able to make - but know that this is just one small step towards gender equality through society.