Harriet Harman and the Spanish Equalities Minister Bibiana Aido Almagro co-hosted the 2nd Women in Power Summit in Cadiz on 3rd February. This event brought together an unprecedented number of EU women ministers, spanning a wide range of portfolios, and from 17 member states to champion gender equality, and to call for a more balanced representation in public life.
Sadly (if unsurprisingly) the media gave this event very little coverage.
It's nearly twenty years since the first Women in Power summit, which was held in Athens in 1992, and which was attended by just 5 ministers and 3 parliamentarians. Last week's event was attended by 25 ministers from the EU, and these held a variety of portfolios.
The Cadiz Declaration issued at the end of the summit reflects both the progress made to date and the tasks which remain to be done - download the full text here.
The UK was represented by Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP, and you can read her speech here.