Margot Parker MEP to speak at ground-breaking India Week in Stamford

Delivered by Margot Parker on 11 October 2016

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Margot Parker MEP will visit Stamford Endowed School on Friday to help celebrate India Week.



The school has recently won a Discovery Democracy Award from HM Cabinet Office and is now forging links with two schools in Vellore, India, through a new project - Lincs to India. The project is being led by students from different age groups and charied by Year 12 pupil Zishi Zhang.



The venture will include fundraising, sending books and hopefully, introducing computers.  A long term goal is for exchanges to be organised where visits can take place in both countries.



Margot will talk at the event, focusing on empowering women to gain an education and create their own way in life. She said: "I was delighted to be asked to speak at the event and I am very much looking forward to seeing how the school is continuing to establish links between the two communities to foster mutual understanding and tolerance.



 "Many world and government organisations have agreed that the most effective methods of creating knowledge, dialogue and economic effectiveness is through small scale operations which are easier to manage and can stay true to their founding ideals. 



 "In this regard the school's efforts to establish links with two schools in Vellore and to help through fundraising and book sending with their continued ability to get a good level of education is to be commended.  There are many projects where schools in the UK, for example, are involved with particular schools in overseas locations and these ties have developed and strengthened the ties between the two countries, both host and recipient, over several years. 



 "Students from both locations visit each other, gain an understanding of the struggles to gain an education and a meaningful job after education is completed.  Many students who continue on to university education consider coming to UK institutions and then return with higher level skills to in turn foster development and encouragement within their own country. 



 "Many of the development projects have concentrated on the topics of providing educational opportunities particularly for girls and women with particular emphasis on empowering the women to gain an education, create a micro-business or employment, be enabled to feed their family and in turn create opportunities for the next and subsequent generations to reach their full potential in life.  



 "The UN Women's organisation has established that empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors is essential to build stronger economies, achieve internationally agreed goals for development and sustainability, and improve the quality of life for women, men and families and communities.



 "The private sector is a key partner in efforts to advance gender equality and empower women. Current research demonstrating that gender diversity helps businesses perform better signals that self-interest and common interest can come together. Yet, ensuring the inclusion of women's talents, skills and energies-from executive offices to the factory floor and the supply chain-requires intentional actions and deliberate policies.



 "The Women's Empowerment Principles offer practical guidance to business and the private sector on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. Developed through a partnership between UN Women and the United Nations Global Compact, the Principles are designed to support companies in reviewing existing policies and practices-or establishing new ones-to realise women's empowerment."



 She said, in brief, the principles were:



 1.         Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality



2.         Treat all women and men fairly at work-respect and support human rights and non-discrimination



3.         Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers



4.         Promote education, training and professional development for women



5.         Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women



6.         Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy



7.         Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality



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