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Marking International Women’s Day in the UK, forty teenage girls from across England will visit parliament – with ten of them given the chance to grill MPs on issues that are important to them.

The 16 and 17 year olds will take over the seats on the Commons women and equalities committee, with the Chair of the Committee, Maria Miller, sharing that the committee wanted to do something different to mark the first International Women’s Day since it was created.

“To celebrate we have invited young women from across the country to come in and take over for an hour,” she said. “They’ll find out more about our committee, and what it’s like being an MP.

We will learn about what equality means for them, and experience the challenge of appearing as witnesses. I hope it will be a great day for everyone involved.”

The girls are expected to us the day to tell the MPs the issues which they think the committee should be investigating.

The session will be a formal proceeding of the committee and the questions and answers will be recorded in Hansard – parliament’s official record.

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  • What a great idea that is!

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  • Sounds like a brilliant idea. No doubt these girls will have a positive impact through well thought out questions and presenting current ideas.

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  • I think this is an absolutely fantastic idea. What a great way to celebrate IWD.

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  • This might be a great and stimulating experience !

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  • Hope this helps both sides – the young women and the staid parliamentarians.

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  • Lke vf

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  • I hope this experience will encourage young women to go into politics.


    • Indeed – we need more women in politics and other high profile jobs.

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  • Always a good thing when young people engage in politics.

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