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Written Answers — Women and Equalities: UN Commission on the Status of Women (27 February 2015)

Jo Swinson: ...for CSW59 are to: Achieve a strong Political Declaration that publicly reaffirms commitment to the Beijing Platform for Action and calls for a strong and explicit commitment to achieve gender equality, the empowerment and the realisation of the human rights of women and girls in the post 2015 framework. Ensure the document does not include regressive language or roll back on...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (25 February 2015)

David Cameron: I commend my hon. Friend for his Bill and for the campaign that he has waged in favour of that Bill and of equality in how we deliver aid and in this vital area. On the specific issue of the piece of legislation that he is referring to, my understanding is that we believe that the law as drafted covers the point that he is concerned about. I will of course write to him. But let me be...

Isil: New Clause 8 — Child sexual exploitation (23 February 2015)

William Cash: ...I will briefly give the House some figures. About a decade ago the number of girls and women in England and Wales who had undergone FGM was approximately 66,000. Shockingly, that figure is now estimated to be 137,000. Equally worrying is the number of girls in England and Wales under the age of 15 who are at risk of FGM, which over the same period has increased from about 20,000 to an...

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Female Genital Mutilation (20 February 2015)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: The Department for Communities and Local Government and Government Equalities Office are funding 17 female genital mutilation and honour-based Violence projects for a total sum of 270,000. None of the projects cover Scotland or are based in Scotland as this is within the devolved remit of the Scottish Government. The 17 projects are based across England in Birmingham, Bolton, Bradford,...

Written Ministerial Statements — Home Department: Violence against Women and Girls Overseas (5 February 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: ...was encouraging. I was pleased to be able to secure Ministers’ agreement to sending written support for the Girl Summit charter to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) in a generation. In Burma, I met Government Ministers, civil society groups, women’s rights campaigners, and Aung San Suu Kyi, to discuss how violence against women and...

[Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] — Female Genital Mutilation (29 January 2015)

Lynne Featherstone: .... The Committee has rightly focused on the low number of prosecutions for FGM. We all agree that prosecutions are not the sole answer and that the well-being of victims is paramount. However, it is equally important that the people who perpetrate this type of child abuse should have to feel the full force of the law, and I am pleased to say that the first people to be prosecuted for FGM in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Driving Licences: Union Flag (27 January 2015)

Anna Lo: ...otherwise. Secondly, in matters of nationality and culture, we have divided and overlapping identities, and finally, in matters of esteem, all must be treated with dignity and in the spirit of equality. However, it is also worth noting that what the public might care about most where driving licences are concerned is that we will have to pay twice as much as our GB counterparts for a...

New Clause 1 — Judaeo-Christian tradition (16 January 2015)

James Arbuthnot: ...to the people listening to it. Let me give the hon. Gentleman another example, in a Christian context. What happens if the prayers call on God to grant enlightenment to those who support gay marriage? That might be anathema to some of the councillors who do support gay marriage. What should one do as a councillor in those circumstances? Should one heckle the priest or the imam? Should one...

Developing World: Maternal and Neonatal Mortality — Question for Short Debate (15 January 2015)

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger: ...ensuring that there are enough doctors and midwives in these countries; it is also about ensuring that the medical care that is so vitally needed can be reached. Harmful traditional practices such as FGM and early marriage, all too prevalent in some developing countries, also contribute to maternal and child mortality. Lack of adequate nutrition can also be a cause. Lack of gender equality...

Public Bill Committee: Serious Crime Bill [Lords]: Clause 65 - Child cruelty offence (15 January 2015)

Elfyn Llwyd: ...17-year-olds are still vulnerable. For example, they are banned from purchasing alcohol and tobacco and their national minimum wage is 3.72 an hour, which is lower than that for older workers. Equally, a person must be 18 to qualify for universal credit, although some exceptions apply. Sixteen or 17-year-olds need to get the permission of their parent or guardian before getting...

Business of the House: Contaminated Blood (15 January 2015)

Huw Irranca-Davies: .... In 2004, the selling of the business meant that they had limited income and were unable to meet their bills. The debts piled up during their financial struggles and this put additional strain on the marriage. He goes on: “2005—Our debt situation was spiralling out of control and as I felt a little better in myself my wife, who had studied for a degree while she was out of...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Female Genital Mutilation (6 January 2015)

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon: ...who know what will work in their areas. Faith has an important role to play. At the Girl Summit we launched declarations for faith leaders to sign against female genital mutilation and forced marriage. These have now been signed by over 350 leaders from all major faiths. These declarations make it clear that no religion condones the practice. The Department for Communities and Local...

Serious Crime Bill [Lords] (5 January 2015)

Elfyn Llwyd: ...year 1,110 of them were recognised as children at risk of significant harm and were subject to child protection plans. Furthermore, in 2014 Ofsted reported 40 serious incident notifications from local authorities relating to 16 and 17-year-olds, and, distressingly, 25% of victims of forced marriages fall into the same age bracket. Those young people need our protection, but, in the other...

Written Ministerial Statements — Communities and Local Government: Integration Update (18 December 2014)

Eric Pickles: ...and integration of Roma. Extremism taskforce Expanding a suite of integration projects into key areas identified by the extremism taskforce. Female genital mutilation and honour-based violence—including forced marriage: community-led projects Funding 15 community projects across the country to deliver community engagement work to prevent female genital mutilation and other forms of...

Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business (Names and Trading Disclosures) Regulations 2014: Motion to Approve (17 December 2014)

Lord Laming: ...the opportunity this afternoon to recognise the debt we owe the staff of this House. I will take this opportunity to mention some former members of staff who have served the House in different but equally important roles. The first is Mark Thatcher, who was an executive chef and left the House in October after 31 years of loyal service. Mark began his career as a sous-chef and was promoted...

Cohabitation Rights Bill [HL] — Second Reading (12 December 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Lord Ashton of Hyde: ...I, too, thank my noble friend Lord Marks for bringing forward the Cohabitation Rights Bill and providing a further opportunity to debate this important subject. As a novice in these issues—and in marriage itself, with only 27 years under my belt, just over half the number of the noble and learned Baroness, Lady Butler-Sloss—I have learnt much listening to the contributions of...

Global Development Goals — Motion to Take Note (11 December 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger: ...is only by working together that we can deliver a truly transformational approach. Some of the MDGs have delivered more progress than others, but one of the areas in which we still have a significant way to go is that of gender equality and the empowerment of women, which was millennium development goal number three. Globally, women are disproportionately impoverished and, as the noble...

Childcare Payments Bill — Second Reading (and remaining stages) (9 December 2014)

Baroness Eaton: ...are running a surplus. Canada’s income tax system, which treats families the same as roommates living under the same roof with no financial attachment, was judged by Prime Minister Harper to be unrealistic and unfair. That assessment applies equally well to this Government’s tax-free childcare plans. I urge them to reconsider thresholds for this and the amount that can be...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Private Members' Business: Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Criminal Justice and Support for Victims) Bill: Final Stage (9 December 2014)

Steven Agnew: We could make the same point about a number of issues. I think of how we legislate for equality and how other countries legislate on equal marriage. The fact is that this is going to be the only region of these islands that does not legislate for equal marriage. I could make the same argument that the Members opposite would make to me in those circumstances: we have to legislate as we see...

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