To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities what steps she is taking following the abolition of the Women's National Commission to ensure that the UK complies with its obligations under the Beijing Platform for Action to secure institutional mechanisms for the empowerment of women; and if she will make a statement.
The Women's National Commission acted as a consultative body until 2010. The Government decided to strengthen its engagement with women by bringing the functions of the Women's National Commission into the Government, supporting Ministers in delivering a programme of direct, unmediated engagement with women and their representative organisations. The Government also funds the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) which is part of the institutional mechanism referred to in the Beijing Platform for Action. The EHRC monitors the delivery of the UK Government's commitments on gender equality as outlined in the UN Convention of the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Platform for Action.