Theresa May might consider herself a feminist, but her pandering to the President of the United States left British women cold. If our own Prime Minister can’t stand up to the living embodiment of women’s rights violations, what chance do we as citizens have of making enough noise to spur on change?
Her reputation improved with the announcement of a new bill to tackle Domestic Violence. The government also backed a Private Member’s Bill to timetable the ratification of the Istanbul Convention – the ‘gold standard’ in legislation for protecting women and girls in the UK from all forms of gender-based violence now and in the future.
Today, on International Women’s Day, her influence extended to the Chancellor’s spring budget. The PM interrupt Philip Hammond MP to remind him what 8 March symbolised before he pledged to put £20million of funding into the campaign to fight violence against women and girls.
Additionally, he declared that £5million for a project to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of women getting the vote, and to educate young people about its importance.
A further £5million has been set aside to support people returning to work after a career break. For example, taking time out to raise children.
Is it enough? Time will tell. Let’s put it into perspective with some of the other areas receiving far bigger swathes of cash than half the population of Britain (women) are.
- £200million has been set aside for local broadband networks
- £16million for 5G mobile technology
- £300million to support 1,000 new PhD places for science, technology, engineering and maths subjects
- £90million to address pinch points on roads
- £270 million for school repairs