Developing Countries: Equality

International Development written question – answered on 15th January 2014.

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Photo of Stephen Phillips Stephen Phillips Conservative, Sleaford and North Hykeham

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps she is taking to encourage the EU to further integrate gender equality into its development programmes.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

Preliminary programming is underway for the next financing period for European Union (EU) development assistance, covering 2014-2020. My officials are working closely with counterparts in the Commission, the European External Action Service and other member states to ensure that gender equality is fully integrated in the legal regulations and operational guidelines that form the framework for EU development programmes over that period. We want to see EU development assistance geared towards empowering girls and women, to enable them to have voice, choice and control, as we are doing in our bilateral programmes. The hon. Member for Stone's private Member's Bill, which this Government support, aims at adding further drive and focus to HMG's strong commitment to support for girls and women as part of the UK's international development effort. If passed into law we see this as a model for others, including the EU, to step up action.

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