Our International Women’s Day celebrations launched in Westminster with an evening of lively debate on women’s rights in the global economy.
Gordon Brown opened proceedings with a video message you can watch here. Harvard professor Gita Sen and Minster for International Development Douglas Alexander followed, before an inspirational video message from the amazing Kenyan activist and Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai. Wangari had been due to attend in person, but the political situation in Kenya meant she was unable to travel.
She summed up our feeling exactly saying, “Yes, we have come a long way. But yes, we have a long way to go, but together we can make it. The most important thing is that we never give up.”