Women’s Rights: SheDecides Day - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:53 pm on 4th March 2019.

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Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development 2:53 pm, 4th March 2019

This is an area that we have been at the forefront of for some time, even going back to the coalition and the work done by the noble Baroness’s colleague, the noble Baroness, Lady Featherstone, to raise this issue up the agenda when she was at the department. Violence against women and girls is something we have taken a lead on. My noble friend Lord Hague was at the forefront of raising the issue of preventing sexual violence in conflict. These are areas in which we have a proud tradition, but the need and the cases are still so widespread that we need to take action.