GLASGOW politicians are backing a campaign for more women in power during a time of global crisis ahead of International Women’s Day.

This year’s International Women’s Day event on Sunday, March 7 will be held online and MPs including Patrick Grady, are showing their support for the campaign.

#March4Women 2021 is telling the UK government it’s time to step up as a worldwide champion for diverse women’s leadership.

In a video responding to a constituent asking for his support, Patrick Grady, Local Scottish National Party MP for Glasgow North said: “I’m delighted to support the March4Women campaign.

He said: “As a member of a party that has the first female First Minister of Scotland and the first gender balanced cabinet anywhere in the United Kingdom it’s so important that women’s voices are heard at the top table and that policy is made with that gender inclusive focus.”

MPs up and down the country are joining celebrities like Stephen Fry and experts Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of the suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst in sharing their ‘Stop Telling Half The Story’ images on their social channels ahead of International Women’s Day.

The campaign is urgently demanding more women in decision-making roles to lead us out of crisis, as equality slides backwards worldwide in the wake of COVID-19.

Helen Pankhurst, Senior Gender Advisor for CARE International said: “The pace of change is too slow. We invite all of you, and all politicians to add their voices to the push for a better representation of women in leadership and in policy making. We have been telling half the story for far too long.”

Organisations coming together in partnership for the campaign include: The Women’s Institute, The Fawcett Society, Friends of the Earth, Lean In, She Changes Climate, Unison, Wen (Women’s Environmental Network), Muslim Women’s Network, White Ribbon Campaign, Women for Refugee Women, Centenary Action Group and Free Periods.

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