Tag Archive for womens rights

The movement to end Female Genital Cutting

Baroness Valentine

Today, February 6th, is the internationally recognised day against female genital cutting (FGC). Today, fourteen communities, representing over 60,000 people, are declaring their abandonment of female genital cutting in Mali. Approximately 2.8 million women and girls have undergone FGC in Mali, around 85%. This makes the declaration an important milestone, not least because the Government…

“It is time to do things differently”

Lord McConnell

              Our event this week in Bujumbura (introduced in my previous blog) is split into two parts. Special UN Envoy Mary Robinson’s consultation and mobilisation in support of the Framework of Hope will be followed by a Great Lakes Regional Conference on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 –…

Gender issues

Baroness Deech

Some interesting issues about gender have been discussed this week.  First, the Royal Succession. I will not spend long on the (rushed) bill that will enable the first born child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, whether male or female, to succeed.  I am sure it is a good thing that the oldest child…

Boys’ Clubs

Baroness Deech

Women were first admitted to the House of Lords in 1958.  It is amazing that it took so long and yet now women are very much to the forefront of the business of the Lords.  In fact, I think I can say that the House is the most egalitarian of the institutions I have worked…

Women in Afghanistan

Lord Soley

There is a very serious and thoughtful article here which anyone interested in womens rights and Afghanistan should read. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/oct/04/dreams-afghan-women-taliban-rights