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 200 years away – and that’s not good enough.

That's the case in pay, but also in politics.

  • A study from IPPR in 2017 showed that only 33% of councillors and 17% of council leaders are women.
  • In Parliament, women make up just 32% of MPs
  • and in Tower Hamlets out of 45 councillors, only 12 are women (26%)

And despite the strong momentum towards parity – embodied in campaigns like #MeToo and #TimesUp – there is a lot we need to do. 

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