Message from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to mark International Women's Day 2015.
"Malala Yousafzai, Fahma Mohamed, Emma Watson and Nimko Ali - these are
just some of the incredible girls and women standing up and speaking out for
gender equality around the world.
They want what everyone, male or female, deserves; the right to a good quality
education, the freedom to make your own choices, and the chance to live your
life without fear, discrimination or violence.
Despite all of the advances we’ve made in the last few decades - to drive
progress, reduce global poverty and tackle disease - the struggle for equality
goes on. And we won’t have the peaceful, prosperous and fairer world we all
want until it’s won.
By coming together to mark International Women’s Day 2015, we make
our voices louder, celebrating the achievements of women everywhere in
education, business, politics and wider society and pushing for global action to
secure these same opportunities for millions more girls and women.
The UK Government, my party, and I will continue to do all we can to make that
happen. We’re working to eliminate those stereotypes, prejudices and practices
which, for far too long, have stopped too many girls and women having a voice
and control over their own lives.
This includes action to prevent gender-based violence such as Female Genital
Mutilation. We want to see a worldwide end to FGM within a generation and
we’re backing that vision up with investment and support at home and abroad.
The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is ‘Make It Happen’. So
please help us, whether through campaigning, fundraising or inspiring others to
Together, we can make the difference - ensuring that everyone, whatever their
gender or circumstances, can realise their dreams."