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Northern Irleand contingent at No 10 as Women's Day is celebrated

By Staff Reporter

A group of people from Northern Ireland were at Downing Street last night for a reception hosted by the Prime Minister to celebrate International Women's Day. Men and women from across the UK and from a range of sectors, including business, the public sector, law and community groups, were present.

The Northern Ireland contingent included Caroline Haughey from Rostrevor in Co Down.

She is a criminal barrister at Furnival Chambers who specialises in human trafficking and modern slavery, having prosecuted the first such cases in the UK. She sits on the Prime Minister's modern slavery task force.

She said: "For me personally, this day is about all the women who have broken barriers, shattered the glass ceilings and changed perceptions about what could be achieved and for those who have given women like me the freedom to choose."

Also present was Sinead McLaughlin from the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce.

Chief Superintendent Paula Hilman - a police officer for 32 years - was also at the event.

Ms Hilman said: "Ensuring that women's voices are being heard at every level across all organisations, including the public sector, is only to the benefit of us all and International Women's Day brings focus to these important issues."

Prime Minister Theresa May said: "I'm proud of the progress that we have made so far - we have more women on the boards of our biggest companies, more women in parliament, the lowest gender pay gap on record and we have more women in work than ever before. But there is always more to do to drive out inequality and give everyone the opportunity to go as far as their talents will take them - regardless of their gender."

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