International Women's Day

Part of First Minister's Question Time – in the Scottish Parliament at 12:01 pm on 8th March 2007.

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Photo of Rt Hon Jack McConnell Rt Hon Jack McConnell Labour 12:01 pm, 8th March 2007

International women's day is a day for reflection and celebration for women across the globe. We have much to be proud of on improving the lives of women in Scotland, but I think we all recognise that there is still much to do.

However, I am proud that the gender pay gap is narrowing; that girls and young women are leading the way in our schools, colleges and universities; that we have introduced tough new measures for the police and courts to tackle all forms of violence against women; that child care is improving, such that everyone who wants a nursery place for their three or four-year-old is guaranteed one; and that deaths from cervical and breast cancer have declined. In addition, I am especially proud that we have strong female representation in Parliament—the level of female representation here is among the best in the world.