London's Green MEP, Jean Lambert, joined women from around the world in Greenwich on Friday to take a step closer to Making Poverty History.
'Women In the Global Justice Struggle to Make Poverty History', a weekend organised as part of International Women's Month, brought together women activists to mobilise and raise awareness of how poverty is created, its local and global impacts and how best it can be eradicated to enhance gender equality.
As a Green MEP Jean Lambert's work throughout Europe has impacted on the progress made towards equality and gender empowerment. At the conference she shared her knowledge, skills and experiences with other women and urged them to continue the positive action. Jean who launched the conference said; "By leaving debt hanging over countries Governments are simply creating a worse situation which impacts on a global scale. Across Europe we have seen textile manufacturers relocating factories outside the EU to take advantage of poor labour standards. Many people believe that economic globalisation is inevitable but it's not true. There are many alternatives and it's time to make a change giving poorer countries a chance.
"So many women here today who have made extraordinary efforts to Make Poverty History and we must celebrate the progress made so far. Together women involved on a local, national and international scale, all pushing for the eradication of poverty will make a difference."
The conference held in Greenwich YMCA was organised by the SIMBA Gender Empowerment Focus Group (SGEFOG). A number of dynamic women spoke alongside Jean Lambert including; Harriet Harman MP, Sonia Ghandi - President of India's century old Congress Party and Angela Peabody - the first Liberian woman to pen and publish a full length novel.
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Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.
Women in the Global Justice Struggle to make Poverty History: a 3-day series of activities including an international women's conference, an exhibition and a show. The conference will be held on March 24th 2006 10am - 4pm at the Greenwich YMCA, Antelope Road, Woolwich, London, SE18 5QG
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