The Equalities Minister is spending time with many Welsh Government supported women’s projects, each showing how Wales is leading the way in terms of promoting equality.
Minister Jane Hutt said:
"Through funding to celebrate International Women’s Day, the Welsh Government is showing its commitment to promoting equality of opportunity and to eradicating discrimination in all its forms.
"It has been a privilege to see the vital work some of these projects do, I am travelling to many areas in Wales and I have met inspirational young women scientists and both men and women coming together to address issues such as domestic abuse.
"Yesterday, I visited the Arts Alive project for women with learning disabilities in Abergavenny and today I will speak at a conference arranged by NIACE Dysgu Cymru, working to empower women through learning.
"I will later launch the 20th anniversary exhibition for Chwarae Teg who work very hard to promote the welfare of women in work in Wales.
"It is not just on International Women’s Day, but all year round that many of these organisations and individuals work tirelessly to highlight the many issues facing women in Wales and to support gender equality."
The Minister said:
"The impacts of reducing budgets and welfare reform are already impacting disproportionately on single parents and carers, the majority of whom are women and I am determined to do everything we can as a Welsh Government to mitigate against these cuts, choosing the priorities which have been tested to sustain and progress equality of opportunity for women in Wales.
"This Welsh Government is committed to ensuring equality for all citizens in Wales where all are respected and included as equal members of society, and where everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
"My message for International Women's Day is that we need to more vigilant and determined than ever, in our promotion and protection of women's rights. Women play a leading role in our families, communities and economy in Wales. Women are making a significant contribution in the workplace, in the Board Room, in the public, private and third sector as well as in political life but women's representation needs to be extended and advanced.
"It is our responsibility to make this happen. I give you my commitment that I will progress and pursue this as your Minister for Equalities in Wales."
In order to ensure that the Welsh Government continues to be aware of the issues facing women across Wales, funding has also been awarded for an all Wales Women’s Network (WENWales).
They are working to ensure that the voices, views, needs and issues facing women in Wales are reflected in Welsh policy and decision-making.