MP, Stephen Metcalfe for South Basildon and East Thurrock has celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) in Parliament this year by inviting two local schoolgirls and their teachers to Parliament for the day.
International Women’s Day celebrates the positive contribution women have made and are making to society and to highlight the achievements of women from around the world. Annually, thousands of events are held and a web of diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities through to local women’s craft markets.
This year, Stephen marked the occasion by inviting local pupils Isabelle Marsh from Woodlands School and Gitali Guanel from Gable Hall to come to Westminster and visit Parliament with him for the day.
As well as seeing a live debate in the House of Commons, Isabelle and Gitali were treated to a tour of Parliament and Downing Street. They also had afternoon tea in the Speaker’s House.
Stephen Metcalfe commented: “International Women’s Day is a hugely important event on my Parliamentary calendar, and I believe it provides us all with an excellent opportunity to recognise the contribution that women at all levels of society make.”
“Gitali and Isabelle clearly have bright futures ahead of them and I had a great time celebrating the achievements of women around the world with them. I hope that the day has helped inspire them to think about Politics in an engaging and positive way.”