International Women's Day: Domestic abuse during Covid pandemic at top of Stortford MP Julie Marson's agenda
Domestic abuse during the coronavirus pandemic has been highlighted by Bishop's Stortford's first female MP on International Women's Day (Monday, March 8).
Conservative Julie Marson, who represents the Hertford and Stortford constituency in the House of Commons, paid tribute to Future Living charity's chief executive Sandra Conte and her work with victims.
Mrs Marson said: "This International Women's Day gives us an opportunity to say thank you to all women across our community who have played an incredibly important part in the response to Covid-19 – from NHS workers to those caring for loved ones and others in the community.
"I would like to say a special thanks to Sandra Conte at Future Living in Hertford, who has led the way in helping women and families through the toughest of times.
"Domestic abuse is always a tragedy, but with the support of Future Living's services, Sandra and her team have given crucial help to so many in our community."
The East Herts charity, based in Hertford, provides an independent service for those in recovery from addiction and domestic abuse.
More broadly, Mrs Marson has marked International Women's Day by paying tribute to women across Hertford and Stortford, pointing to the sacrifices made as many have juggled working from home with caring for children and older relatives during a period of great uncertainty about the future.
She said: "Many women across the country have been dealing with the extra burdens that the pandemic has created. That is why I am committed to help support them through the most difficult times, and we are determined to build a better and fairer future for women."
Nationally, she said, women have led the way throughout the pandemic, from Kate Bingham, who headed up the vaccine procurement, to Dr Jenny Harries, the deputy chief medical officer.