Ogmore MP Chris Elmore used a debate in Parliament to outline the accomplishments of local women to commemorate International Women’s Day. The MP used the debate to speak about the influential women in the area including Author Norah Isaac (from Caerau) who was the first woman to be a head teacher at a Welsh medium school and Sian Lloyd (from Maesteg) is one of the countries longest serving forecasters having spent 24 years at ITV weather.
Mr Elmore went on to say that despite success which should be celebrated, that there was still a lot to do. He said: “I was one of a handful of men in Parliament to contribute to the International Women's day debate. More men must use the platforms they've been given to speak up for an equal society. We shouldn't hide away from the realities of what inequality means for women and the impact it has on us as a country and beyond.
If we don't stand with women and say it isn't acceptable that for every £1 a man earns a woman earns 81p.
If we don't stand with women and say we must end violence against women and girls, then who will?
Women must always lead the charge for equality, but more men, should and must speak out, standing with women to say inequality is never acceptable. Our society is richer and achieves more when women aren't hampered by the inequalities often put in place by men.” International Women’s day is celebrated on the 8th of March.