Baroness Mary Goudie
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A senior member of the British House of Lords, Baroness Mary Goudie is a global advocate for the rights of women. She is on the board of Vital Voices, is involved in promoting gender equity with both the G8 and G20 and is also the Chair of the Women Leaders’ Council to Fight Human Trafficking at the United Nations. She is also a founding member of the 30% Club steering committee, which aims to influence chairman into bringing more women onto UK corporate boards. She shares perspectives on her blog - www.baronessgoudie.com.

Entries by Baroness Mary Goudie

Where There Is Displacement and Terror

(5) Comments | Posted 25 August 2014 | (15:05)

This month saw yet another shameful trafficking crime hitting the headlines in Britain. On Saturday 16 August, 35 people from Afghanistan were discovered in a shipping container unloaded from a ferry at the port of Tilbury. Thirteen children aged as young as one were among the group. Unfortunately there was...

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Modern Slavery

(9) Comments | Posted 22 December 2013 | (23:00)

Action is urgently needed

Each week there is a new story hitting the headlines of slavery happening in Britain, not a far off land where it is often considered a by product of unstable governments. This is happening in Britain and it needs to be stamped out.

The recent case...

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Bangladesh Garment Factories Must Create Lives, Not Just Livelihoods

(0) Comments | Posted 22 August 2013 | (14:40)

In April this year the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed killing 1,132 garment workers and injuring more than 2,500. This tragedy shone a much needed light on the shocking realities of fast-fashion and the murky supply chain of multi-billion pound brands. However, as the shock and publicity dies down,...

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International Women's Day: A Time to Reflect on What Has Been Done to Secure World Gender Equality

(3) Comments | Posted 7 March 2013 | (23:00)

Following on from my blog last week, I wanted to use the opportunity of International Women's Day to further discuss the issues that are affecting women and children around the world and specifically in emerging markets. We are making strides with equality but there is still so much to be...

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Women's Vital Role in the Emerging Markets

(0) Comments | Posted 26 February 2013 | (23:00)

I recently participated in the 'Symposium on Gender Inequality in Emerging Markets', at Green Templeton College, Oxford, with 50 leaders from government, public and private sectors, civil society and academics. Attendees included Jane McAuliffe president of Bryn Mawr College and an important voice in efforts to connect women's education with...

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Sexual Violence in India - Education Is the Only Solution

(0) Comments | Posted 10 January 2013 | (13:34)

The world was shocked following the tragic gang rape and murder of a 23 year old women in Delhi last month. This horrific attack has put the spotlight on India's ongoing struggle to embed equality into society and ensure women are treated with respect.

The number of reported rapes in...

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The Importance of Women on Boards Without Quotas

(10) Comments | Posted 13 November 2012 | (23:00)

Over the past few months, there has been much discussion about women on boards. Through my role as a founding member of the 30% club, I promote gender equality in the boardroom. This issue has been vigorously driven by EU Commissioner Reding, by the 30% Club, and by the UK...

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The Olympics: A Global Platform for Women

(0) Comments | Posted 28 July 2012 | (00:00)

This week will see the start of the greatest sporting competition in the world. London 2012 brings together athletes from all over the globe to compete on the world stage. This year women are leading the way not only in their sporting capabilities, but also as role models. This is...

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Access to Finance for Women, G20 - Unlocking Economic Potential

(2) Comments | Posted 23 May 2012 | (00:00)

The G20 represents the world's most important industrialised and developing economies and is the premier forum for international economic growth and development across the globe. Next month's meeting in Mexico brings an opportunity for the G20 to recognise the critical role that women play in global economic growth and stability...

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Women in Society

(0) Comments | Posted 8 March 2012 | (15:23)

International Women's Day is an important celebration of the great strides women around the world are making to ensure they are recognised and working towards equality. During the last year we have seen some incredible acts of bravery throughout the Arab world, and globally we have taken some truly inspiring...

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Global Poverty: The Hard Questions

(2) Comments | Posted 4 October 2011 | (00:00)

Can we end global poverty? Although it wasn't top of the list of topics at recent party conferences, it is in Britain's national interest to be a leader on the issue of global poverty. It helps ensure stability at home and around the world.

Where do we start? First,...

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