More than 100 female politicians from around the world will come together in the House of Commons chamber this week for a landmark event to celebrate the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK.
On Thursday, ministers including international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt and the leader of the Commons, Andrea Leadsom will gather to address issues facing women around the world.
According to Mourdant, who will make a speech to open the event on Thursday, the ministers are united with the same mission: 'to make women’s empowerment a global priority'.
The MP said that several of the women who are scheduled to attend the event, titled The International Women MPs of the World, have all made history in their countries by increasing female representation.
'Now it’s up to us to advocate for vulnerable women around the world and give them a voice to fight for their rights and overcome violence, discrimination and repression,' she added. 'Unless every woman can thrive and reach her full potential our nations and humanity will not reach its.'
Attendees at the event will include Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, the first female speaker of the Bangladeshi parliament, Ya Kumba Jaiteh, a leader of the Gambia’s female lawyers’ association, and Lana Prlić, an MP from Bosnia and Herzegovina who denounced her uncle’s war crimes.
Speaking of her involvement in the event, Prlić told the : 'I was raised by a single mom, and through my life I saw [from] that example how women can be strong, doing at the same time visible and invisible jobs for the society, for the community, for family.'
'When one woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women, and we as MPs must stand for all women, for all of us.'
The event will be co-hosted by Labour’s former deputy leader Harriet Harman - the longest continuously serving female MP in the history of the House of Commons.
During the event, the MPs will look at several subjects female parliamentarians are tackling around the world, including bullying, harassment, and empowering female MPs.
Later in the day, the politicians will meet for an afternoon policy session and delve into discussions regarding women’s economic empowerment, violence against women and girls, family planning and improving access to girls’ education.
Downing Street has not yet confirmed whether Prime Minister Theresa May will attend.
In July, Conservative MP Christopher Chope attempted to prevent the global women's conference from taking place when he shouted 'object' when the government whip Mims Davies read out the motion to host the meeting to the Commons. It was later passed after an intervention by Mordaunt.
Weeks before, Chope had objected to yet another private member’s bill put forward by the Liberal Democrat MP Wera Hobhouse to make '' a . Weeks later, the invasive behaviour was made a specific criminal offence punishable by up to two years in prison.
We can't wait to see what comes out of The International Women MPs of the World event. Watch this space!