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Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone was in Brussels this week meeting with members of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the European Women’s Lobby to raise issues affecting women and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) community.
She reiterated the government’s determination to work with European counterparts to tackle violence against women and girls, close the gender pay gap and address the challenges faced by the LGB&T community when they move across borders.
Equality of opportunity
In her dual role as Equalities Minister and Ministerial Champion for tackling Violence Against Women and Girls Overseas Lynne Featherstone said: ‘Equal treatment is one of the most basic human rights. We have made great progress in the UK towards achieving this goal but there is still a long way to go and we cannot work on our own.
‘All members of the EU have a role to play to ensure people are treated fairly and given the same opportunities regardless of gender or sexuality. Violence against women is just one of the obstacles which stops women across Europe from achieving their potential in terms of education, economic participation and political empowerment.
‘It is important that we discuss these issues openly and exchange best practice examples of how to tackle them, such as the Government’s Action Plan on ending violence against women and girls.’
Action being taken
The UK is already leading the way on these issues.