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Breaking the double glass ceiling

10 Apr , 2018  

As part of International Women's Day, I spoke at an event which addressed the two-fold challenge faced by some women at work: not only do they face discrimination on the basis of their gender, but also on the basis of their religion or the colour of their skin.

This conference attempted to answer an important question: is there a ‘double glass ceiling’? If there is, how do we, as a society, and as politicians, best dismantle it?

The first glass ceiling is well known, even if it still hasn’t been addressed thoroughly.

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After the Conflict: International Women’s Day

10 Apr , 2018  

To celebrate International Women's Day, I hosted a large group of visitors to EU Parliament. I hosted two events; the first of which focused on initiatives to support sufferers of PTSD in the wake of violent conflicts.

This is an issue for all those affected by violent conflicts, but women often face a unique set of challenges which need to be addressed more thoroughly.

After war is over, people just want to go on with their lives, rebuild their houses and their country.

But simply enjoying peace is often impossible: soldiers as well as civilians are traumatised by war.

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It’s high time we gave Syrians a positive message

10 Apr , 2018  

With my recent appointment to the EU Foreign Affairs Committee, I have used this platform to pursue an issue which was one of the main motivations for me to enter European Parliament: the defence of human rights; challenging violations wherever they occur, and whoever perpetrates them. I was pleased, therefore, to be able to deliver this speech in Parliament as a call to action to the international community to ensure that the shocking breaches of International Law in Eastern Ghouta are investigated, and to bring pressure to bear on all actors to cease violence against civilians.

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Resolution to the European Parliament on the Maldives

10 Apr , 2018  

I was proud to play a role in the drafting of a resolution delivered to EU Parliament on the situation of the Maldives. The motion, which passed, called on the EU Council to take a more robust approach to the deterioration of human rights in the country. In an eleven-point resolution, we asked the EU Council to press for the Maldivian Government to restore Parliament, release political prisoners, undertake anti-corruption measures, and to restore the freedom of the press.

Here is the resolution in full:

The European Parliament,

- having regard to its previous reports and resolutions on the Maldives, in particular its resolution of 30 April 2015, 17 December 2015 and 5 October 2017 on the situation in the Maldives,

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9 Apr , 2018  

Brilliant door knocking session with @mtfromburnley and the lovely Kerry and the equally lovely @CllrCampbell Rain or shine we knocked and blooming well enjoyed it too! #labourdoorstep @BurnleyLabour pic.twitter.com/v4Hb4aH64C

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8 Apr , 2018  

Fantastic response on the doors this afternoon for the #Lanehead candidate Shbana Khan. @Shbana57 @CllrLubna @LianPate @BurnleyLabour @UKLabour #LabourDoorstep #Labour pic.twitter.com/6n6DiTbmut

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8 Apr , 2018  

A positive response on #labourdoorstep with @CllrLubna @Lawyer_Usman @mtfromburnley & @BurnleyLabour activists zahid Khan and Mian Rafiq. #bankhall pic.twitter.com/3CNLkwW9AV

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7 Apr , 2018  

Out on the #LabourDoorstep to support @gailbarton our wonderful candidate in #Rosehill #Election2018 @BurnleyLabour pic.twitter.com/MgB0p5KQEl

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7 Apr , 2018  

The rain didn’t stop us going out and meeting residents in Stoneyholme & Daneshouse campaigning for @shahjee72 @BurnleyLabour pic.twitter.com/JUYKCGbfJy