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Home / Latest News / Women must be ‘impatient for change’ says Shami Chakrabarti, during speech in Cardiff

Women must be ‘impatient for change’ says Shami Chakrabarti, during speech in Cardiff

Human rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti has told an audience of women in Cardiff: “We need to be impatient for change”.

Ms Chakrabarti was delivering a keynote speech at Cardiff Bay’s Pierhead Building as part of Assembly Presiding Officer Rosemary Butler’s Women in Public Life  (#POWiPL) Campaign.

It followed an earlier meet and greet between AMs and women with the ex-Home Office barrister and champion for social justice at the Senedd.

And after taking the stage, she addressed an audience on the theme of “women, power and change”, before a question and answer session afterwards.

Ms Chakrabarti said: “Have we really done enough on gender equality to honour those who went before and come after?

“There aren’t enough women in seats of power nationally or internationally.

“We need to ask all party leaders what they are doing to get gender equality in their parties.

“We need to be impatient for change.”

Her appearance came after she told WalesOnline last week gender inequality was the “biggest global injustice”.

“I think if the Pankhursts could look years ahead of the Chakrabartis they would not be that happy at what they saw,” she said.

The Presiding Officer added: “She is an inspiration to us all and demonstrates that women can become leaders in fields that have traditionally been dominated by men.”

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