'A woman's place is in elected office', Theresa May tells politicians

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'A woman's place is in elected office', Theresa May tells politicians

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Theresa May told a gathering of female politicians from around the world that “a woman’s place is in elected office” as she urged them to work together to make sure their voices were heard.

The British prime minister admitted that getting the political system to work in a male-dominated environment was “never easy” but warned that less representative parliaments operated with “one hand tied behind their backs”.

As she welcomed more than 100 women MPs to Downing Street ahead of a landmark event to celebrate the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK, she told the politicians, from 86 places across the world, from Afghanistan to the Vatican, about the progress already made.

She said: “More women in elected office means a greater voice speaking out on issues that affect women, certainly. It means a greater focus on preventing gender-based violence, on girls’ education, on childcare and on women’s health. But the benefits are also felt more widely. After all, if half the population is systematically excluded from politics then you’re also excluding half the talent.

Click here to read the full article published by The Guardian on 7 November 2018.

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