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New Year Honours

London 30th December 2012

Cherie was very honoured to receive the CBE.

An Interview with Henriette Kolb, CEO Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

Global Leadership Post, 20 December 2012

Henriette joined the Foundation in May 2009. One of Devex’s recognised top 40 under 40 international development leaders in London, Henriette has extensive programme, policy and management experience in international development. She has previously held positions with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the European Commission in Tanzania and the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process in Jerusalem. Henriette holds an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Cherie Blair: 'It's always been about women and girls'

The Guardian, 19 December 2012

Still the only PM's wife to work full-time while her husband was in office, trailblazing barrister, campaigner and frequent media target Cherie Blair gives a rare interview to the Guardian.

Boosting women’s entrepreneurship via mobile money

Devex Impact, 18 December 2012

PR Newswire

Blair, Nokia, ISAT team up to empower women

The Jakarta Post, 8 December 2012

Blair pointed out that mobile phones had “increasingly become an absolute essential in everyday life here in Indonesia”.

Lara's Foundation

Lara's Foundation, 4 December 2012

Lara was a dedicated and inspirational TESOL teacher, teaching English to non native speakers from across the world.

The Mobile Phone as an Important Tool for Women Entrepreneurs in India

The Huffington Post, 3 December 2012

Through this initiative we are reaching 2,000 women entrepreneurs in India, and are also, over a three-year period, providing support with broader business development and financial literacy training.

Lara's Foundation November update

Lara's Foundation, 29 October 2012

On Friday 26th October Lara’s family and friends visited EC London to unveil a plaque in memory of Lara, and everything she did for the students and staff of EC London.

University Caters to the Deprived

The New York Times, 25 November 2012

Students at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh. Nearly all of the more than 500 students come from deprived backgrounds across Asia, and their expenses of about $15,000 a year are covered by donations. Most of the students would not get a university-level, English education without the funding.

Mock Trial 2012, Islamic Science University of Malaysia

Islamic Science University of Malaysia (USIM), 22 November 2012

A mock trial will also leave student participants with an appreciation of the difficulties that judges and lawyers face.

Putting the Rule of Law Behind Women's Rights

Huffington Post, 26 November 2012

The challenge now is to build on and extend these successful initiatives, giving women a stronger voice in shaping our justice system and ensuring it treats everyone equally.

A business boost for Nigerian women

Conversations by Nokia, 23 August 2012

Nokia Life and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women launch Business Women service in Nigeria

The Third Billion

Booz & Co.

As growing numbers of women enter the economic mainstream, they will have a profound effect on global business.

Digital revolution lights up Africa with maps, mobiles, money and markets

The Guardian, 30 October 2012

In Africa, necessity is the mother of invention and social media sites are not just for sharing photographs and gossip

Cherie Blair played pivotal role in securing London 2012 Olympics after attacking French President Jacques Chirac 'like a banshee', says Sebastian Coe

The Independent, 29 October 2012

Mrs Blair took offence to Mr Chirac’s comments which mocked Britain’s food as being better only than that of Finland.

Arise 100 Women: Cherie Blair

Arise Live, 26 October 2012

A keen advocate of women’s empowerment, pioneering laywer Cherie Blair set up the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women in 2008. The foundation works with women in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East to support their efforts to increase their role in their economies and societies. As an active campaigner on equality and human rights issues, she has a special interest in Africa - one her husband and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair shares, having set up a charity called the African Governance Initiative.

Why women will impact global economy as much as China

Beth Brooke, CNN, 25 October 2012

Editor's note: Beth A. Brooke is Global Vice Chair of Public Policy at Ernst & Young. She has taken leading roles in a wide variety of women's civic and business organizations and was recently asked to serve on the International Council on Women's Business Leadership by U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. She has made the Forbes "World's 100 Most Powerful Women" list four times and was Concern Worldwide's Woman of the Year in 2009.

Cherie's foreword in Hilary Heilbron QC's biography of her mother "Rose Heilbron, England's First Women Queens Counsel and Judge"

Cherie Blair, 24 October 2012

Rose Heilbron, advocate and judge, was an "inspirational pioneer" for women and an icon of the 1950s and 1960s.

ARISE Magazine Names Cherie Blair, Okonjo-Iweala, Melinda Gates, 97 Others Supporters of Africa

Thisday Live, 23 October 2012

Their names topped the list of prominent women across the world, cutting across various professions.

Ban Female Genital Mutilation draft resolution presented to UNGA

No Peace Without Justice, 18 October 2012

No Peace Without Justice and the Radical Party welcome the deposit of a Resolution that universally bans Female Genital Mutilation as a violation of Human Rights within the United Nations.

Julia Gillard tackles sexism and misogyny, 16 October 2012

Summers lecture, as well as articles by others prepared to articulate strongly feminist ideals, highlights a spirit of change in Australia.

Executive Opportunties

IIC Partners, 11 October 2012

IIC Partners has some competition. Cherie Blair, noted Queen's Counsel and former first lady of the United Kingdom, is recruiting. If you're a c-level executive, a board director - or aspiring to either - Mrs Blair may have a role for you.

The Women's Prize for Fiction

Cherie Blair, Huffington Post, 15 October 2012

Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

My Experience as a Mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

Business Fights Poverty, 12 October 2012

By Julian Stodd, Mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.

International Day of the Girl

CNN, 11 October 2012

"Don't be discouraged if there aren't enough role models paving the way for you. Imagine the future as you want it to be and you will succeed." Cherie Blair

Innocents at Risk

11 October 2012

Innocents at Risk hope to defeat the fastest growing criminal industry in the world by raising greater awareness for the 300,000 children each year that become victims of the sex trade.

Cherie supports the Orange Prize for Fiction

9 October 2012

As an avid reader who went to the first Orange Prize for Fiction, Cherie is delighted to belong to a group of fantastic women who are supporting this prize.

We Can't Afford to Ignore Half the Population

Huffington Post, 27 September 2012

Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

Cherie Blair’s Presence, Talk, Serve to Inspire

University of San Diego, 20 September 2012

Speaking on the importance of human rights and equality, she noted Martin Luther King Jr.’s words: “inequality anywhere is a threat to equality everywhere.”

2012 Women PeaceMakers

University of San Diego, Institute for Peace & Justice, September 2012

The IPJ is pleased to announce the 2012 Women PeaceMakers:

Woman of the Week: Henriette Kolb

Women in the World Foundation, 7 September 2012

Under the leadership of Henriette Kolb, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women in partnership with Nokia announce the launch of Businesswomen, a text messaging service catered to women entrepreneurs in Nigeria.

BBC chief operating officer claims there is a "profound issue" with women on executive boards

The Drum, 5 September 2012

Cherie Booth was also vocal on the matter claiming that the “glass ceiling” is still firmly in place for women in the UK.

Cherie Blair warns business leaders not to get complacent about 'glass ceiling'

Management Today, 6 September 2012

Speaking at the Women on Boards debate in London last night, Cherie Blair stated that despite some progress in narrowing the gender gap on FTSE 250 boards, much more needed to be done. "If anyone in this room thinks everything is alright for women in the UK," she said, "I'm afraid they are sadly misguided."

Women on boards debate: Banking crisis ‘helped women stake place in the boardroom’

5 September 2012

"Often we are more apologetic for our talents, however great they may be"

Nokia partners with Cherie Blair Foundation for Women & MTN to bring Nokia Life Business Women service to Nigeria

Nokia, 23 August 2012

Business Women was unveiled today in Nigeria at an event that included the participation of Cherie Blair, top female entrepreneurs, women’s associations and local students.

Our Picks from the League of Extraordinary Women, 24 July 2012

Blair’s foundation provides women entrepreneurs in Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East with training in business and mobile technology.

Women’s Time to Shine

The New York Times, 21 July 2012

There’s much to savor in the quadrennial spectacle of the Olympics, which will begin in London next weekend, but perhaps nothing more exhilarating than the way it showcases and celebrates the athleticism of women almost as much as it does the athleticism of men.

Cherie Blair launches safety scheme at Crouch End school

Hornsey, Crouch End and Muswell Hill Journal, 16 July 2012

Pupils at Rokesly Junior School look set to tuck into a spongy delight during a visit from Cherie Blair.

Forget Foreign Aid, Focus on Foreign Investment In Women Entrepreneurs

Forbes, 6 July 2012

When there is a focus on women entrepreneurship, it drives shared economic growth.

Here’s why Barclays won’t have a female boss

The Times, 5 July 2012

Camilla Cavendish

A word from our Chairman in memory of Pat O'Driscoll

Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Summer Newsletter, Summer 2012

This quarter, we are starting on a sad note following the loss of a dear friend, colleague and board member. This newsletter is dedicated to Pat O'Driscoll.

Brave, mad world of an old feminist causes a stir

The Daily Telegraph, 28 June 2012

Former British first lady Cherie Blair has been widely described as "brave" in recent days. And not in a good way.

Cherie Blair didn't ask for a Mommy War

Fortune, 21 June 2012

Sandberg and Blair aren't slamming stay-at-home mothers - they're looking for viable options for those mothers who want to pursue their careers.

The Independent article on Cherie's speech at FORTUNE Most Powerful Women event

The Independent, 20 June 2012

“What is important is that women have a choice. We need to devise business strategies and societies that allow women to make choices that aren’t all-or-nothing choices."

Mary Ann Sieghart: Women still can't have it all - but perhaps their daughters can

The Independent, 25 June 2012

The 20th-century model designed for men with wives at home isn't suited to the 21st century

Cherie Blair herds goats for Widows' Day

The Independent, 24 June 2012

A Slice Of Britain: Celebrities were meant to be up front, but it's a six-year-old Toggenburg called Dotty who leads the way

Cherie Blair herds goats across London Bridge

The Telegraph, 24 June 2012

Cherie Blair has taken advantage of a medieval rule giving her the right to herd livestock across London Bridge.

Cherie Blair herds goats to highlight Widows' Day

BBC News, 23 June 2012

Cherie Blair has marked International Widows' Day by driving a herd of goats across London Bridge.

Mentoring Programme Officer with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

Charity Job, 6 June 2012

The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women invests in women entrepreneurs so they can build and expand their businesses, and in doing so, benefit not only themselves but also their families and communities.

A Cellphone for Every Woman

James D. Wolfensohn, The New York Times, 15 June 2012

Start by giving every woman a cellphone.

First lady to goat herd

The Times of India, 16 June 2012

In what promises to be a trafficstopping act, Cherie Blair, wife of the former British PM Tony Blair, will herd goats across the London Bridge next Saturday. In an interview with TOI-Crest, she says she wants to draw attention to the plight of widows across the world, and especially in India.

Africa: Clinton Applauds AGOA At 11th Forum Kick-Off, 14 June 2012

Africa is one of the fastest growing regions on the globe, home to six of the world's 10 fastest growing economies.

Cherie Blair opens new women's centres in Middlesbrough

BBC News, 14 June 2012

Homeless women and victims of domestic violence can find support at two new centres in Middlesbrough.

Canada best G20 country to be a woman, India worst

Thomson Reuters Foundation, 13 June 2012

After Canada, Germany, Britain, Australia and France rounded out the top five in the perceptions poll.

Barrister Cherie Blair and Ambassador Matthew Gould speak at ICFR Young Diplomats event

World Jewish Congress, 11 June 2012

A spirited discussion ensued, with many of the Israeli and European participants (including Celia Gould, the ambassador's wife) sharing their own experiences.

No, Cherie, women are not too nice to ask for a pay rise. We are too preoccupied with our homelife

The Telegraph, 5 June 2012

It's not that women are too nice to ask their boss for more money; it's that most women have other (and I would argue better) priorities.

Women "too nice" to ask for a pay rise, says Cherie Blair

The Telegraph, 5 June 2012

Women are paid less than men because they are “too nice” to ask for a rise, Cherie Blair has said.

Women’s net cafĂ© is small victory for Afghan equality

Evening Standard, 16 May 2012

This is an excellent example: it allows Afghan women, often marginalised in their own country, to connect with the world.

Cherie welcomes support from IKEA for the AUW

Leiden, The Netherlands and Chittagong, Bangladesh May 3rd 2012

The Ikea Foundation’s support will be critical in continuing the AUW's commitment to support the education of the most talented women in the region irrespective of their economic backgrounds.

Women's Vital Role in Development Goals

Cherie Blair, The Guardian, 13 April 2012

We need to recognise the power of women as drivers of business, so helping countries to move away from poverty alleviation towards economic development.

AUW names Economist Fahima Aziz as Vice Chancellor

Chittagong, Bangladesh, 3 April 2012

AUW provides a world-class education to promising young women from diverse cultural, religious, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds from across South and Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Behind Every Successful Man is a Woman? Let's Reverse That Saying

Cherie Blair, The Huffington Post, 8 March 2012

Let's, in fact, celebrate the role men are now playing in helping women's rise to the top.

Cuts force domestic violence refuges to turn victims away

The Guardian, 31 January 2012

Charities say funding cuts mean it is increasingly difficult to find beds for vulnerable women

Women Entrepreneurs in Lebanon: on the next phase

Tomorrow's Youth Organisation, 2 February 2012

We wish them all the best of luck in this next phase!

Domestic violence blighted my home. That's why I support Refuge

Patrick Stewart, The Guardian, 5 February 2012

Women who live in fear are being abandoned by the government, whose cuts are devastating charities like Refuge

Women and entrepreneurship: More power to you

Oecd Observer, 30 January 2012

Discrimination against women hurts everyone. As, Founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Cherie Blair explains, women entrepreneurs are an economic resource that economies, rich and poor alike, can ill afford to overlook.

Davos: if women are the future, where are they?

The Guardian, 27 January 2012

Despite a quota system to boost female participitation, the gender imbalance is still heavily skewed towards men

MEP Hosts National Council on US Arab Relations Conference with Cherie Blair

PRWeb, 25 January 2012

Mission Essential Personnel, LLC (MEP) coordinated with the National Council on US-Arab Relations (NCUSAR) to host “Afternoon Tea and a Conversation with Mrs. Cherie Blair” yesterday at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. The event was attended by representatives from government, academia, non-profit groups, industry, and several foreign nations, including the ambassadors from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Libya, and Tunisia.

Cherie's Remarks at the Inaugural Meeting of the International Council on Women's Business Leadership

U.S. Department of State, Ben Franklin Room, 24 January 2012

Cherie Blair, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

Inaugural Meeting of the International Council on Women's Business Leadership

U.S. Department of State, Ben Franklin Room, 24 January 2012

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State

Where are all the women in Davos?

The Guardian, 25 January 2012

A year after organisers introduced a quota, more than 80% of those gathered at a meeting for the global power elite are men. Will it ever change?

Davos: big questions from top delegates to the World Economic Forum

The Guardian, 24 January 2012

As the annual gathering opens Cherie Blair joins others in mapping out the tough challenges ahead for global wellbeing