Happy International Women's Day 2016. With Europe very much the focus of debate as we approach the referendum in June, I thought I'd share a few examples of how the EU works to protect women's rights - not just inside EU but right across the world, something I'm very much involved in now as Chair of the European Parliament Committee on International Development. EU laws underpin national laws - any government is free to give more rights - but EU rights provide a legal minimum for all women. Thanks for reading and please share with friends and family.
Ten ways the EU works to protect the rights of women and girls
Women's fundraising dinner 2016: March 17th ...last chance to book
This year I am raising much-needed funds for Tasibeh Girls School in Pindi, Pakistan. In 2004, Khalida Luqman from Rotherham visited Pindi and found there was no proper provision for educating girls. Since then she and her family have worked with local communities across South Yorkshire to raise funds to build a school which now provides education for nearly 100 girls, as well as giving additional practical and financial support for many of the girls’ families. It costs £11,000 per year to run the school and we've already held a Fairtrade cake sale in Brussels and a women’s lunch last week in Rotherham to raise funds. The proceeds of the women’s dinner I am hosting on March 17 will also go to the school. You can also donate to the Tasibeh Girls School fund through here.
Linda McAvan MEP
Yorkshire and the Humber
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