International Women’s Day
March 8th marked the 100th anniversary
of International Women's Day. Whilst reflecting on the progress made
by women, particularly in the
UK, I found it somewhat ironic that on this day a Romanian MEP, Rovana
Plumb, tabled a report calling for positive discrimination for women
in social, economic, and political matters.
I was particularly delighted to be invited to meet with paralympic athletes in Strasbourg this week. Both are presently in training for London next year, and have real chances of winning medals in the shooting events.
I was hugely
impressed by the efforts being put in not only by the athletes, but
also by various people in the media and in the German
in order to promote the paralympics. and raise public awareness of
the events. I was also pleased that Conservative and Labours MEPs
to join me in putting party politics aside and supporting the athletes.
Invisible Smiles - Highlighting A Disturbing New Phenomenom
March 8th was the 100th anniversary of International Women's day. The
Parliament fell over themselves to make all the women
feel special by giving us red roses and small pot plants. But for
30 minutes that afternoon I attended a meeting with. and gave
my support to, campaigners highlighting a growing and troubling issue
- Acid violence
I spoke with
Jacqueline Thibault, President of the foundation ´SURGIR´ today
about this. She is calling for support for programs such as one
in Switzerland that deals with the aftermath of
these crimes by helping victims to recover their lives and their
Press around Europe
In the UK we are well aware of the problem of politicians abusing their
expenses and allowances. However, it is worth keeping the issue
alive, which is why I chose recently to cooperate with the British
exposing abuse of expenses by MEPs. As well as British Conservative
and Labour MEPs, we caught a number of others in our net.