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Females: Politics and Government

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL14752, tabled on 12 April 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to raise awareness at the G7 summit of (1) the impact of the underrepresentation of women in politics on girls' education, and (2) the impact of the underrepresentation of women in peace processes and peace building on girls' education, in conflict zones.

Answered on

26 April 2021

Women's participation in public and political life yields benefits across society. The UK is committed to promoting women's full, equal, and meaningful participation and leadership in all decision-making structures, including peace and security. We will make gender equality a cross-cutting theme for our G7 Presidency. We are also using the G7 to promote our two ambitious global targets to get 40 million more girls in school, and 20 million more girls reading by age 10, over the next 5 years.

When women meaningfully participate in peace processes, the resulting agreement is almost two thirds less likely to fail. The UK is a world leader in Women, Peace and Security, supporting enhanced global stability and breaking down the barriers to education faced by children living in conflict.