EU Support For International Women's Day

08 March 2011

SNP MEP Alyn Smith is today (Tuesday) supporting the 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day.

International Women's Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is marked on the 8th March every year and is celebrated around the world.

The European Parliament has been celebrating International Women's Day 2011 with a series of events which have been held between the 3-8 March in Brussels and in Strasbourg. While celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women so far, the events also draw attention to the inequalities still to be redressed, including female poverty, differences in pay and access to jobs as well as maternity issues.

Speaking from Strasbourg, Mr Smith said:

"A lot has been achieved in the past one hundred years since the first International Women's Day, and so there is a lot to celebrate. But today is also about recognising how far we still need to go. Greater steps must be made towards equal earning power and reduction in female poverty.

"The SNP is committed to fighting inequality between the sexes in Holyrood, Westminster and the European Parliament. I will continue to press for gender equality until the existing gender gaps have closed."