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International Women’s Day trip to Parliament

International Women’s Day trip to Parliament

On Tuesday 5th of March, The Girls Network went on a trip to visit the Houses of Parliament to celebrate International Women’s Day.

On the coach ride to London, we had a quiz on notable women from the past and present. People like Emmeline Pankhurst (a suffragette who fought for women’s right to vote) and Margaret Thatcher (The first female Prime Minister of the UK) were talked about and this really brought to light how we have come to be what we are today.

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When we reached Parliament we had a tour by Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan. We looked around the House of Lords, the Queens room and the House of Commons where a discussion on taxes was taking place. Seeing how lively Parliament was throughout the day really put into perspective just how much hard work and effort people put in to running a country.

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We also had a presentation from a lady from the National Education Union who is working closely with the government and Ofsted to take action against sexism in schools. She explained how the small things can escalate to much larger incidents and how easy they are to overlook as often we don’t even take any notice of such incidents. She explained how she is working towards changing this and having more people take action and change the world to be a better place.

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A quote that I found really influential was: “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” which is what UKFeminista is doing, they are starting small, making small changes to combat a much larger problem. If there is one thing that I took away from this visit, it is the fact that if we want a change, we need to take the initiative and work hard to make that change possible.

I think it’s so important for us to remember that everyone has a voice and it is everyone’s right to have their voices heard. That is what feminism is about: equality for all.

Happy International Women’s Day.

Sobia, Year 11