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International Women's Day

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much his Department spent on promoting International Women's Day 2009. (282318)

To mark International Women's Day, the Department for International Development (DFID) promoted work on violence against women, a policy issue of major concern to the UK Government and civil society partners in the UK and developing countries. Former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Mr. Ivan Lewis) hosted an exhibit commissioned by the non-governmental organisation Action Aid as part of a wider display of information in DFID's London office on the issue of violence against women. This was accompanied by a series of lunchtime films on gender issues shown during the week of 9 March. Non-staff costs incurred by these activities came to less than £200.

In addition, some DFID country offices used the occasion of International Women's Day to highlight work on gender issues in support of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For example, in Sierra Leone, DFID committed £16,000 to support awareness-raising activities on the issue of maternal mortality during February and March.