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A ‘Boots-on-the-Ground’ Perspective: Fighting for Gender Balance and Gender Justice

A ‘Boots-on-the-Ground’ Perspective: Fighting for Gender Balance and Gender Justice Britain and the World 9.1 (2016): 116­131 DOI: 10.3366/brw.2016.0217 # Edinburgh University Press www.euppublishing.com/journal/brw Print ISSN: 2043-8567; online ISSN: 2043-8575 * Background I was born in London after the Second World War. My education did not foreshadow the way my life would develop: via a circuitous route of earlier careers as an Advertising Executive, parliamentary researcher and Liberal Party parliamentary candidate. When I started up the all-party 300 Group, campaigning for more women in parliament, from The Mill House in the tiny Cotswold backwater of Burford, I had no idea of the `ride' life was mapping out for me. I would have stared incredulously at anyone who told me I would be anything on the national or international scene, dodging mortars in Baghdad's Green Zone, a seat on the Global Board of the British Council with luminaries like the FCO Permanent Under Secretary, invitations to Salzburg and ¨ Konigswinter Peace and Security Conferences, travelling aboard the Beijing Express to the 4th UN World Conference on Women. Combining skills and lessons learned from previous experiences I am now a recognised `boots-on-theground' specialist on issues related to women in politics and public life, Gender equality, women's rights and peace-building after http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Britain and the World Edinburgh University Press

A ‘Boots-on-the-Ground’ Perspective: Fighting for Gender Balance and Gender Justice

Britain and the World , Volume 9 (1): 116 – Mar 1, 2016

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Edinburgh University Press
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© Edinburgh University Press
Subject
Witness to History; History
ISSN
2043-8567
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2043-8575
DOI
10.3366/brw.2016.0217
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Britain and the World 9.1 (2016): 116­131 DOI: 10.3366/brw.2016.0217 # Edinburgh University Press www.euppublishing.com/journal/brw Print ISSN: 2043-8567; online ISSN: 2043-8575 * Background I was born in London after the Second World War. My education did not foreshadow the way my life would develop: via a circuitous route of earlier careers as an Advertising Executive, parliamentary researcher and Liberal Party parliamentary candidate. When I started up the all-party 300 Group, campaigning for more women in parliament, from The Mill House in the tiny Cotswold backwater of Burford, I had no idea of the `ride' life was mapping out for me. I would have stared incredulously at anyone who told me I would be anything on the national or international scene, dodging mortars in Baghdad's Green Zone, a seat on the Global Board of the British Council with luminaries like the FCO Permanent Under Secretary, invitations to Salzburg and ¨ Konigswinter Peace and Security Conferences, travelling aboard the Beijing Express to the 4th UN World Conference on Women. Combining skills and lessons learned from previous experiences I am now a recognised `boots-on-theground' specialist on issues related to women in politics and public life, Gender equality, women's rights and peace-building after

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Published: Mar 1, 2016

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