Department for International Development: Voting Rights

Department for International Development written question – answered on 22nd February 2018.

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Photo of Harriet Harman Harriet Harman Chair, Human Rights (Joint Committee), Chair, Human Rights (Joint Committee)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department plans to mark the centenary of women getting the right to vote in 1918.

Photo of Harriett Baldwin Harriett Baldwin Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The Department for International Development plans to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage. This includes flying the suffrage flag at DFID offices. Officials are collaborating with counterparts at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Government Equalities Office on the preparations for an International Women’s Conference of MPs to be hosted at the House of Commons in November 2018.

More widely, my department is working globally to enable more women around the world to exercise their right to vote and to stand as elected representatives.

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