Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips visited Cockshut Hill School (part of the Summit Learning Trust) on Thursday the 21st of October. Ms Phillips had a tour of the school’s facilities and met with students, teachers and Principal Jason Bridges.
Ms Phillips is also the Shadow Minister for Domestic Violence and Safeguarding and met with all of the Year 10 and Year 11 girls at the school to discuss sexual harassment, consent, and the work she has done to progress women’s rights and safety.
During the session Ms Phillips told the girls that every person has a role in saying enough is enough with regard to female sexual harrassment; and that it is not OK to use phrases such as ‘boys will be boys’ or ‘it’s just banter’ to diminish something that makes young girls feel deeply frightened and uncomfortable. We have to make sure that women can live freely and take every opportunity in life.
Ms Phillips is well placed to speak on such matters as she is well known for her work on women’s rights. Every year in the House of Commons Chamber on International Women’s Day she also reads out the names of women killed in the UK in the last year where a man has been convicted or charged as the primary perpetrator in the case.
Jason Bridges, Principal at Cockshut Hill School said:
“It was fantastic to have Ms Phillips visit us today; she is a brilliant local MP and a great campaigner for the Birmingham area. I know our staff really benefitted having some time to speak with her about education matters and the session she did regarding women’s rights with our Year 10 and Year 11 girls was of huge value to them.”
Jess Phillips, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Yardley said:
“I have a long and beloved history with Cockshut Hill School. Both of my parents went to this school and I want every young woman in this room to feel that they can rise to high office and that people like them, who come from places like they come from can end up being Members of Parliament”
Georgina Daniels, student at Cockshut Hill School said:
“It was great to take part in the session with Jess Phillips MP today. It was really powerful for us because she is teaching women that you do have a voice…there are boys and men who cat call you and send you things online, but you should always have a voice and speak up about it”
More information about Jess Phillips MP:
· Jess Phillips has been the MP for the Birmingham Yardley constituency since 2015.
· Jess Phillips was a candidate for Labour leader in the 2020 leadership election.
· Jess Phillips attended the University of Birmingham.