To celebrate International Women’s Day, Tooting MP, Sadiq Khan, welcomed local residents to a coffee morning to discuss a wide variety of issues affecting women.
This year record numbers of women attended the event - from sixth formers and college students, to local councillors, businesses, religious leaders and community representatives. Women from a variety of ages, backgrounds and ethnicities were represented and had their voices were heard on matters important to them and their peers.
Issues discussed included making politics more inclusive, the sexualisation of women, the gender pay gap and sexual harassment in the workplace, as well as issues of victimisation of women globally and women as carers balancing their home and work lives.
Sadiq Khan MP said:
“International Women’s Day continues to be an important and significant day, and reminds us that although we have come a long way in addressing gender inequality, we still have far to go. We need to see women much better represented in Parliament, business, senior roles and in most walks of working life. Women still earn less than men and still face discrimination in the work place.
“This was an invaluable opportunity to listen to the concerns locally – from residents of different ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. We had some really lively discussion on issues such as childcare, education, balancing work and family life, and everyday sexism. I look forward to working with those who came along to address the concerns that were raised, and work towards better gender equality in our community and beyond.”
Local resident Marjia from South Thames College said:
“The International Women’s Day event organised by our MP Sadiq was wonderful, and local women councillors like Fleur Anderson, Annamarie Critchard and Cllr Allin-Khan, who spoke about their careers and women’s rights, are excellent role models for local women. It was a pleasure to attend and discuss about the important matters of women’s equal rights today and how we can significantly change it with women and students from different backgrounds and parts of Wandsworth.”