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Females: Equality

Department for International Development written question – answered on 16th April 2019.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Conservative, Solihull

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to increase women’s equality throughout the world.

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

The UK aims to promote gender equality and secures women’s rights around the world, guided by DFID’s Strategic Vision for Gender Equality and the UK National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. For example, through UKaid, we have given nearly 17 million women access to modern methods of family planning and supported 5.6 million girls to gain access to a decent education since 2015. We recently made the largest donor commitment ever (£50 million) to ending female genital mutilation across Africa and announced a new UK government campaign to end period poverty globally.

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