Today marks International Women’s Day (IWD).

I believe that International Women’s Day is a hugely significant day, not just in the political calendar, but for all people of all genders across the world. We all have a stake in ending gender inequality because an egalitarian society will benefit every single one of us. 

A few weeks ago we marked the centenary of some women being granted the vote and with the repercussions of the MeToo and TimesUp movements still reverberating across society, it is clear that we still have a long way to go in this fight.

Action is needed now more than ever, never more so than right here in the UK. It is women who have consistently borne the brunt of the government’s brutal austerity agenda. House of Commons Library figures show that by 2020, 86% of Treasury savings will have landed on the shoulders of women. Indeed, 60% of those who receive less than the living wage are women.

The World Economic Forum predicts that gender parity will not be reached for another 200 years and that is far too long. International Women’s day is the perfect time for us to praise the advances made so far but more importantly, to Press for Progress.

Today in Parliament we saw contributions from across the House marking International Women’s Day and taking a further step in pressing for progress for women in the UK and across the world.

Jared O'Mara