Jane’s Barry and District News Column

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Barry and District Column-Jane Hutt AM

W/C March 11th 2018

Last week I was very proud to host and support multiple events to mark International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day, which takes place annually on 8th March, is a global day which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

This year I was particularly proud to be part of the unveiling of the first Purple Plaque in Wales in memory of the late Labour Assembly Member for Swansea East, Val Feld.

The plaque is the first in a series which will be unveiled across Wales over the coming years,  to commemorate the achievements of remarkable women.  This initial plaque in memory of Val Feld AM was commissioned by myself, Julie Morgan AM and Sue Essex,  and was funded with personal donations led by Labour women AMs, who launched this initiative on International Women’s Day last year.

The Purple Plaque was installed on the Senedd building in full public view, unveiled by Val’s daughters Bronwen and Hester.  Val was a powerful force for women and minority groups, and it is only right that her legacy of integrity, passion and commitment is permanently remembered as a ‘Champion of Equality’ with this plaque on the walls of the Senedd.

It was inspiring to see the crowds of supporters who came to see the unveiling, including Rungano Nyoni from Cardiff-who won a Bafta for her debut film ‘I Am Not A Witch.’

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day was , ‘Press for Progress’- acknowledging that whilst huge strides have been made in tackling gender equality around the globe, there is still much that remains to be done and challenges to be overcome-The World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report detailed how we are still 200 years away from achieving global gender parity, if we fail to take action.

 We all have a responsibility to press for progress and ensure that women and girls have the same opportunities to fulfil their potential, creating a Wales where everyone can aspire and achieve.

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