Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Gender

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 14th September 2020.

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Photo of Beth Winter Beth Winter Labour, Cynon Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he plans to retain the former Department for International Development's Strategic Vision for Gender Equality as a core pillar in his Department.

Photo of Wendy Morton Wendy Morton Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

Advancing gender equality and women's rights are a core part of the UK Government's mission, and Global Britain's role as a force for good in the world, including fulfilling every girl's right to 12 years of quality education. The Government remains steadfast in its commitment to this agenda. We will work closely with partners across HMG to leverage the best development, diplomatic, defence and trade approaches to achieve maximum impact.

As part of the launch of the new Department, we will refresh and build on existing strategies, as well as develop new approaches, but we do not see the core ambitions of the Strategic Vision for Gender Equality changing. The challenges of advancing girls' education, sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR), women's political empowerment, women's economic empowerment and ending violence against women and girls (VAWG) are as acute now, if not more so, as when we published the strategy in 2018.

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