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 Gender Duty - Are You Ready?

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Speech by Meg at the CAPITA Gender Equality Duty conference.   Thank you for inviting me this morning. Today’s conference is well timed, and judging from the programme, should help you better understand what will be required for the new …

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 Achieving for Women

Monday, December 4, 2006

Meg was invited to speak at Bradford Labour Women’s Forum, her contribution is below.   Good afternoon. I’m pleased to be here and delighted to see so many women gathered together. I was last in Bradford in September with Tony …

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 Equality and Diversity

Friday, December 1, 2006

At the third meeting of the Equalitec Diversity Forum, Meg made the following speech. For further details visit: http://www.raeng.org.uk/about/diversity/equalitec.htm   Thank you for inviting me to speak at this the third meeting of the …

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 Rights and Responsibilities: Delivering Services for the Gypsy and Traveller Community Locally

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

At an event organised by The House magazine on the gypsy and traveller community Meg gave the following speech.   News in the mainstream media about the Gypsy and Traveller community is usually famine or flood - and often bad, for them, the …

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 The Benefits of Flexible Working

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

At an event organised by Orange to discuss the benefits of flexible working and the challenges of delivering a better work-life balance, Meg gave the following remarks.   Ideas about ‘work-life balance’ have been rising up the …

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 Making the Grade - or not!

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Meg was invited to make some remarks about the publication of a report, Making the Grade, at an event in the House of Commons. The report attempted to grade Government Departments about their work in tackling violence against women.   I know …

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 Heritage and how women can make the world a better place

Monday, November 27, 2006

Meg was invited to give the keynote speech at the celebration dinner to celebrate 20 years of the Lubavitch Foundation-Beis Chana Jewish Women and Girls’ Centre in North London.   I’d like to thank the Lubavitch Foundation for the …

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 Tackling Violence Against Women

Monday, November 27, 2006

The Council of Europe launched a campaign to ‘combat violence against women, including domestic violence’ recently, at which Meg made the following remarks. For further details about the campaign visit: …

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 Councils - making the most of migration

Friday, November 24, 2006

The Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) organised a conference on sharing best practice in helping local authorities to respond positively to the arrival of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants at which Meg spoke. For further details visit: …

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 Sex Equality - 30 Years on

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland held its 6th Annual Conference on the 22nd November in Belfast and invited Meg to speak on gender equality policy in the UK. The theme of the conference was ‘Sex equality 30 years on’, her …

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 Encouraging dreams and aspirations

Friday, November 17, 2006

To celebrate Women’s Enterprise Day, and encourage tomorrow’s female entrepreneurs, Meg visited St Martins in the Fields School and spoke at their Assembly about the options for women today.   I want to speak to you about …

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 Getting Equal

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The following short article by Meg was published in the November/December newsletter Activate, published by Help the Aged.   As you get older there are new problems that arise - including when people suddenly decide you are too old. They …

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 Identifying the new generation of Women Directors

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Meg helped launched the ‘Female FTSE100 report 2006’ at an event held in London recently, and gave the following speech.   I welcome the publication of this years ‘Female FTSE 100 Report’, Identifying the New …

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 Gender and Democracy

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

At a seminar organised by the UK branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association on the topic ‘Gender Equality - the Foundation for Democracy and Development’, Meg made the following remarks.   I’m going to talk about …

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 Most excluded from mainstream society

Monday, November 6, 2006

At the Annual Conference of the National Learning Disability and Ethnicity Network recently held in London Meg gave the following speech.   I want to talk about what Government, in particular my department, is doing to work with people …

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 A Real Opportunity - Women and Technology

Friday, November 3, 2006

Meg was invited to give the keynote speech at the Blackberry ‘Women and Technology Awards 2006’ event recently, her speech is below.   It gives me great pleasure to be here. When I spoke at last years event I hoped that these …

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 Not the time to cut and run

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The following was posted on to the blog on the Progress website, see http://progressonline.org.uk/index.asp     “Iraq is at a crucial point and is faced with difficult choices, but there are no quick fixes. ?Getting Iraq right is …

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 Through the Glass Ceiling - Equalities in the 21st Century

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

At a recent visit to Northampton University at the request of local MP Sally Keeble Meg gave the following speech to students and staff.   It’s not that unusual nowadays to hear people say that discrimination is a thing of the past - …

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 Women Leaders in the Fire and Rescue Service -

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Meg gave the following speech at a national conference organised by Avon Fire and Rescue Service to examine how women are becoming leaders in traditionally male-dominated working environments.     My thanks to Avon Fire & Rescue …

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 Different Identities at Work

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Meg was invited to give the keynote speech at the annual conference of the Institute of Business Advisors recently.   I’m going to talk this morning about equality and diversity. Changing demographics, globalisation and migration make …

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 Promoting Good Practise

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Meg gave the following speech at the ‘2006 North East Equality Awards’ event held at the Hardwick Hall Hotel. For further details visit: http://www.equality-ne.co.uk/     I am delighted to be here, to be celebrating the …

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 A Champion for Human Rights

Monday, September 18, 2006

Meg gave the following speech at a conference organised by the Cornwall Disability Forum, held at the Eden Project.   I want to thank the Cornwall Disability Forum - Jane Sharps and her team - for inviting me today, and thank you for coming …

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 Nine Years On

Thursday, August 24, 2006

The following article was published in Co-operative News.   Nine years into a Labour Government we are in unchartered territory. The newspapers are predictably anti-government; every comment by a Minister is poured over for signs of a split; …

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 Sheffield Methodist Women

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Meg wrote the following piece for the Sheffield Methodists Women’s Newsletter.   Congratulations to the Sheffield Methodist Women’s Newsletter on its 20th Birthday!    I understand this special issue is focussing on …

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 If there are no safe households, there are no safe neighbourhoods

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

A recent seminar held in Nottingham discussed how the two areas of violent crime and health can be jointly met at a local level. Meg gave the following speech.   Good morning, it’s good to be back in Nottingham. I lived here for a …

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 How Can Regeneration Deliver Race Equality? - Learning from London.

Friday, July 7, 2006

At a recent conference organised by the Commission for Racial Equality Meg gave the following speech.   When there are few opportunities for work, or getting on in the job you have appears impossible, or getting a good education for your …

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 A Hidden Majority

Monday, July 3, 2006

At a conference held by the Inter Faith Network for the UK Meg made the following remarks. For further details of the Network visit: http://www.interfaith.org.uk/index.htm   I am pleased to be here this afternoon, to talk to people of faith …

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 Launching Pink News

Thursday, June 29, 2006

At the launch party for the ‘new’ Pink News, Meg gave the comments below. For further details visit: http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/index.php     I’m glad to see a further demonstration of the vibrancy of the …

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 Measuring the Progress Made

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

At a reception given by the Finnish Ambassador to celebrate the centenary of Finnish women gaining the vote, the Finnish Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Paula Lehtom?ki, and Meg Munn gave speeches. Meg’s comments follow. For …

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 Equality and Diversity

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

At a roundtable event held at the French Embassy in London and attended by Azouz Begag, French Minister for Equal Opportunities, Meg gave the following speech.   When discussing these issues it’s sometimes too easy to forget the …

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 ‘Women Networking With Purpose’

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Meg was invited to give the keynote speech at the women’s conference of the National Association of Councillors (NAC) in Glasgow, the speech is below.     Thank you for inviting me to this conference. As Minister for Women …

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 Workplace of the Future

Friday, June 16, 2006

The speech below was given at a conference held by the PwC women’s network recently. For details of the network visit: http://www.pwc.com/extweb/aboutus.nsf/docid/5761E5302316693E80256EC30033D410     I would like to thank Tina …

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 350th Anniversary of Jewish Communities in England

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Andrew Dismore MP secured an Adjournment Debate in Westminster Hall on 14th June, to which Meg replied. Her contribution is below, for the full proceedings visit: www.parliament.uk   The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities …

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 Northwest Equality and Diversity

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Meg recently visited the Northwest to speak at the launch of the region’s strategy to promote equality and diversity. The Equality and Diversity Strategy has been developed through a partnership between the Northwest Regional Development …

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 Diversity and the Economy

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

A new publication from the Smith Institute covered diversity in the workforce of the Yorkshire and Humber region, and Meg was asked to write the Foreword, which is below. The publication was supported by Yorkshire Forward, the regional development …

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 Using Women’s Skills and Talents

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

At a recent event held by the Women’s Economist Network in London, Meg gave the following speech.   I am pleased to be here because networks such as yours are very valuable, both for you and your careers, and in helping continue …

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 Congress President’s Speech

Monday, May 22, 2006

From 19th to 21st May hundreds of delegates converged in Manchester for the 2006 Co-operative Congress. Each Congress installs a 'President of Congress', and this year Meg Munn was elected. The position is regarded as a means of honouring a …

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 Women Against Trafficking

Saturday, May 20, 2006

At an event organised by the Methodist Church Women’s Network on the topic of trafficking of women and girls in Europe Meg gave the following speech.  The title of today’s conference, “Encouraging, enabling and equipping the …

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 Stand and Deliver

Thursday, May 18, 2006

The following is an article published in the May/June edition of Progress - for further details visit: http://www.progressives.org.uk/magazine/default.asp   After becoming leader of the Conservative Party, David Cameron quickly identified the …

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 Women in Space

Thursday, May 11, 2006

At a meeting held in the House of Commons entitled ‘Women in Space’, Meg gave the following remarks. The meeting was organised by the ‘Women in Science, Engineering and Design All-Party Group’ and the Parliamentary Space …

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 ‘Today’s Women’ Tour

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

At the latest event organised as part of the nationwide tour of ‘Today’s Women’ held in London, Meg gave the following remarks. For further details visit: https://secure.symphonyem.co.uk/todayswoman/survey/   I first want to …

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 North East Woman Entrepreneur Launch

Monday, May 8, 2006

Meg gave the following speech at the launch of the ‘North East Woman Entrepreneur of the Year awards 2006’ at a conference held in Durham recently.  For further details visit: …

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 Working Smarter

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

At the launch of Work Wise UK at the Queen Elizabeth conference centre in London Meg gave the following speech. Work Wise UK is a campaign to encourage the adoption of smarter working practices, such as flexible working, mobile working, remote …

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 Dealing with Age Discrimination

Thursday, April 27, 2006

At a conference dealing with age discrimination Meg made the following remarks.   I’m delighted to be here today.   I want to explain the further consideration we are giving to age discrimination as part of the Discrimination Law …

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 The Other Glass Ceiling

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Meg spoke at the launch of The Other Glass Ceiling: the domestic politics of parenting yesterday evening, her speech is below. For further information visit: http://www.demos.co.uk/   Thank you for inviting me this evening. …

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 One Click Away

Monday, April 24, 2006

On Friday 21st April Meg spoke at the ‘One Click Away’ conference in Sheffield organised by the South Yorkshire Women’s Development Trust. The conference was held to launch a new website and report on their ‘Change Up’ …

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 Moving Equality up the Agenda

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The spring edition of the Fabian Review is a special equality issue and carries the following article from Meg. For details of the Fabian Society visit http://www.fabian-society.org.uk/int.asp     The fact is that Britain continues to …

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 Women and Co-operative Business

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

At a meeting to launch a piece of research funded by the dti on ‘women and the co-operative business model’, Meg made the following remarks.   Good morning.   I am genuinely pleased to be here this morning. Both the …

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 With USDAW in Scarborough

Sunday, March 26, 2006

On Sunday 26th March Meg gave the following speech to the USDAW’s North East Divisional conference in Scarborough.   It’s good to be here today, though given the time on a Sunday morning even more people than usual will think us …

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 Researching Women

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

At a seminar at the Department for Trade and Industry held to launch 3 new research projects, Meg gave the following introductory remarks.   I'm pleased to be here, helping to support the publication of these three research projects. …

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 Not for Sale

Friday, March 10, 2006

At a conference on human trafficking and sexual exploitation organised by CHASTE (Churches Alert to Sex Trafficking) held in London, Meg gave the following address.   As Minister for Women and Equality I know just how awful the crime of human …

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 Gender and Leadership:

Thursday, March 9, 2006

Meg was invited to give the keynote speech at the 2nd annual conference of the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (UKRC).  The conference set out to tackle the issues which contribute to the under representation …

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 ‘Inspiring Potential’ - active, positive words for the future.

Wednesday, March 8, 2006

8th March is International Women’s Day - Meg attended the 6th Annual commemorative breakfast at the Savoy hotel in London. The event was organised by Aurora and the HSBC bank, and attended by hundreds of guests. Meg gave the following opening …

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 I ain’t no tea lady

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Meg was invited to launch the report, ‘I ain’t no tea lady’, as part of the ‘Women into Work: Building Futures’ programme recently. The event was organised by SOVA, for further info …

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 Voice of the Future

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The following speech was given by Meg to a gathering held in Parliament on the 28th February. The occasion was a seminar organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry for young scientists.   Can I first welcome you to Parliament. Despite what …

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 Diversity in the workforce

Monday, February 13, 2006

Meg Munn visited ABB, the international engineering company, to tour their St. Neots site and speak about diversity in the workforce - her remarks are below.      It’s a pleasure to be here today, and I thank you for …

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 Employers Forum on Age

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

At a reception held in the House of Lords by the ‘Employers Forum on Age’ Meg gave the following remarks. Thank you Lord Stevenson for that kind introduction.  I'm pleased to be here today. I’d like to set out …

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 Becoming an Active Citizen

Monday, February 6, 2006

At the recent Active Learning Active Citizenship (ALAC) conference in Sheffield Meg addressed the conference as their guest speaker. ALAC was established by the Home Office and is part of its strategy for Civil Renewal - encouraging people to become …

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 Women Creating Change

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

At a recent seminar for the National School of Government, Meg was asked to speak to a gathering of middle-ranking women civil servants - her speech is below.   Good morning and thank you for inviting to speak today.   Women creating …

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 Capital Women

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Meg spoke at a meeting of the Capital Women’s Forum in London - her remarks are below.   Good evening and thank you for inviting me.   Since being appointed Minister for Women and Equality I have been on a learning curve. Women …

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 Women make good entrepreneurs - let’s continue to encourage them

Monday, January 2, 2006

The following article was published in the winter 2005/06 edition of WiRED, the publication of Women in Rural Enterprise. For further details visit: http://www.wireuk.org/     Nearly a million women are self-employed and this number has …

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