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Why don't child brides have rights? Ask the ICRW

Louise Allain, 16th December 2013,

"Child marriage - the practice of primarily marrying girls younger than 18, often to much older men - is a violation of girls' human rights." Sarah Degnan Kambou of International Centre for Research on Women

Syria's Children

Louise Allain, 10th December 2013

On this year's Human Rights Day, 10th December, Siddharth Chatterjee calls for an end to the 'Appalling slaughter of Syria's Children'

'All the World's a Stage'

Louise Allain, 6th December 2013

So 13 years on, 1,000 schools productions in 13 theatres, rising to 1,500 schools next year, and 50,000 performers from 2015 - it's safe to say, 'Action is eloquence' (Shakespeare's Coriolanus).

Closing up the Gender Gap

Louise Allain, 2nd December 2013

"....only one in five MPs is a woman. Far from leading the way, we are languishing at the global average." Hilary Armstrong

"Three Deadliest Words in the World: It's a Girl"

Louise Allain, 27th November, 2013

“A country where mothers are killed for giving birth to baby girls can’t be called an ethical society”

ICRW Report Shows Long-Term Effects of War Crimes can be Reduced

Louise Allain, 26th November, 2013

One of the most persistent and horrific crimes is the use of rape and sexual violence against women, as a weapon of war.

White Ribbon Day, 25th November - ending violence against women

Louise Allain, 25th November 2013

"When women are given the opportunity to become financially independent, they create jobs, rise up as leaders in their communities and re-invest profits in their children's welfare. Eliminating discrimination against women is a strategy that will move global development progress forward." Cherie Blair

Women in the Middle East - Beyond Education

Cherie Blair, Huffington Post Blog, 21 November 2013

The Middle East is a key region of interest because although increasing numbers of women are receiving a good standard of education, the region still lags behind on the core issue of economic equality.

India opens 7 state-owned banks for Women

Louise Allain, 21 October, 2013

“Access to finance and banking not only helps empower women but also broadens the social base of development, thus fostering equitable growth. This is an area in which India lags far behind”

Africa Justice Foundation Newsletter 2013

After nearly three years of civil war, Syria sees Polio outbreak

18th November 2013

Humanitarian Diplomat, Siddharth Chatterjee, who has worked with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and UNICEF to eradicate Polio, tells AL Jazeera how the disease has made a come back in Syria.

The World Justice Challenge 2013

Louise Allain, 7th November 2013

"The WJP believes that everyone can be a changemaker. A background in law isn’t necessary to create local solutions that improve justice in one’s community—a good idea combined with a small seed grant can make a real contribution.”

The World Justice Challenge 2013

Louise Allain, 7th November 2013

"The WJP believes that everyone can be a changemaker. A background in law isn’t necessary to create local solutions that improve justice in one’s community—a good idea combined with a small seed grant can make a real contribution.”

Cherie Booth: 'All women should have the chance to have a family and a career'

Cherie Booth QC, 20 October 2013

Thirty years after she became pregnant with her first child, the barrister argues that society must do more to enable mothers to play a full role at home and in the workplace.

Cherie Blair: give apprenticeships to stay-at-home Mums

Louise Allain, 21 October, 2013

In a recent article for a family charity, Mrs Blair suggests that mums who have been absent from the workforce for some time are given 'returnerships', apprentice-style programmes that help re-introduce them to the workplace, whilst caring for their children.

Alone in the City ?

Louise Allain, 20th October, 2013

All of these women are left exploited, demeaned, vulnerable to health risks, and often traumatised by the life they fall in to. Also the fear of criminalisation that prostitution leads to, naturally makes them reticent to talk about their employment.....

First Global Index on Slavery shows 29 Million People are Enslaved

Louise Allain, 19th October, 2013

With 32 billion dollars a year generated by Slavery, those like Monique Villa of Trust Women and Kevin Bales who has helped compile the First Global Slavery Index this year, are fighting an enormous and amazing humanitarian task to make slavery a thing of the past: again.

Why does The Children and Families Bill fall so short on disabled children's rights?

New Statesman, Cherie Booth QC, 16 October 2013

Two thirds of families with disabled children cannot get the most basic state and local authority support in their own area. Small changes to The Children and Families Bill could change all of that. Families with disabled children face immense...

Female Empowerment Needs Technology

14th October, 2013

At the recent Social Good Summit, the issue of girls dropping out of the educational system much earlier than boys, highlights the need for technology to be instrumental in helping women go beyond the aspiration of just primary education

The 2013 Global Teacher Status Index

Sunday 6 October, 2013

"We believe that if the teaching profession is to attract the world’s best and brightest, it must have a high social status.." Vikas Pota, Chief Executive, Varkey GEMS Foundation

Women at the Forefront of Climate Action

Women at the Forefront of Climate Action, Rachel Kyte, 20th September 2013

On 27 September, the United Nations will release the findings of the 5th Assessment Report of the IPCC, in light of which, women in Bangladesh are at the forefront of a program using solar energy

Women 'Disappear' from Executive Jobs After Giving Birth

Jonathan Prynn, London Evening Standard, 25th September 2013

Evidence revealed in official figures today shows women “disappear” from top jobs once they start having children

New chief of UN Women highlights girls’ education as priority to combat poverty, boost development

UN News Centre, 12 September 2013

UN Women highlights girls’ education as priority in order to combat poverty and to boost development

Why banks must break down the barriers for women, fast

Anne McPherson , The Guardian, Wednesday 4 September 2013

Women entrepreneurs establish their businesses much faster then men, but they are held back by the barriers on funding

Networking Their Way to Success: Gladys, Humu and Frederica in Sierra Leone

Huffpost Impact, UK, 2 September 2013

Cherie Blair talks about the difficulties in Sierra Leone that women entrepreneurs face and what benefits they get from participating in the country's first network for women entrepreneurs

Mentoring Across Borders

Progress Online, 29th August 2013

Cherie Blair talks about the purpose of Mentoring Women in Business programmes at the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

Thank You Secretary General Ban Ki-moon For Keeping Gender Equality On Top Of The Agenda

Huffington Post, 16 August 2013

Cherie Blair has recently written a blog in response to the UN Secretary General’s recent report on the post-2015 agenda.

Henriette Kolb - Time For A New Challenge

Huffington Post, 26 July 2013

"After many fantastic years at the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, it’s time to take up a new challenge"

Getting back to work after children: how easy is it for women?

Bea Mitchell, 23 July 2013

Both working mothers and stay at home mothers suffer self-induced guilt and inner conflicts, as well as scrutiny and judgement from others, but what obstacles do they face if they choose to return to work after some time away?

We must not withdraw from the European convention on human rights

Cherie Booth, The Guardian, 12 July 2013

The European court isn't just for Abu Qatada and life-sentence prisoners. It serves us all, deserving and otherwise, like the NHS.

Legal aid and ideology: the new basis for Government reform? - Angela Patrick

UK Human Rights Blog, 4 July 2013

This article was originally published on UK Human Rights Blog

District Attorney Vance and Thomson Reuters Foundation launch Financial Working Group Against Human Trafficking

1 July 2013

Financial industry joins in effort to fight global human trafficking

Innovating scalable solutions for women entrepreneurs in Tanzania

Cherie Blair, Huffington Post, 1 July 2013

This article was originally published on Huffington Post

My journey towards the Bar

Richard Murtagh, 27 June 2013

The Open University was my perfect gateway to the law.

Healthcare for victims of rape in conflict

Women's Views on News, 27 June 2013

This article was originally published on Women's Views on News

Back to the Future, Mediation then and now

Cherie Blair, Family Mediators Association Gala Dinner, 25 June 2013

As a Vice President of the Family Mediators Association, I am delighted to speak this Gala Dinner to mark its 25 years of promoting the positive force that is mediation in family law. Bearing in mind you are in the midst of this delicious meal I have been asked to speak briefly about “Back to the Future, Mediation Then and Now”.

Welfare reform piles pressure on victims of domestic violence

Sandra Horley, the Guardian, 19 June 2013

This article was originally published on the Guardian

Cherie Blair Speaks at Wheelock Conference

Wheelock College, 20 June 2013

This article was originally published on the Wheelock College website

The campaign to end hunger must focus on violence against women

Sarah Degnan Kambou, the Guardian, 13 June 2013

Article originally published on the Guardian Poverty Matters Blog

Texting their way to the top

The Guardian, 10 June 2013

A new mobile tool is streamlining business processes for women in Gujurat

Why wait to design a better world for all?

Henriette Kolb, Huffington Post, 3 June 2013

Article originally published in Huffington Post

"160 Girls" victory

“The Court’s “160 Girls” decision is a glorious achievement - the legal system has worked and the girls know now what justice feels like; this is an invaluable accomplishment.” Mercy Chidi, the Founder and Director of the Brenda Boone Tumaini Girls’ Rescue Centre, Meru, Kenya.

Cherie Blair: 'Don't drop gender from equality fight'

Cherie Blair, CNN, 29 May 2013

This article was originally published on CNN

It’s time to wake up - UK Legal Aid cuts

Conor Gearty, Oxford Human Rights Hub, 30 May 2013

What has already happened is serious. The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 severely limits legal aid for judicial review. It has just kicked in.

Proposals to limit legal aid for judicial review will undermine the rule of law

The Telegraph, 29 May 2013

QCs are concerned about the Ministry of Justice's plans to further restrict legal aid for judicial review

Cherie Blair, a self-made woman

Haaretz, 10 May 2013

By Danna Harman

Iran’s Baha’i prisoners

The Telegraph, 8 May 2013

Read below the open letter from UK lawyers, including Cherie Booth QC, regarding the seven former Baha’i leaders in Iran.

Cherie Blair CBE dedicates BGU honorary doctorate to Bangladeshi women fighting for their right to education

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, 8 May 2013

Cherie Blair CBE was presented an honorary doctorate by the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev this week. On Tuesday night, she told the audience at the honorary doctorate ceremony on the Marcus Family Campus of the university that the women of Bangladesh are struggling to protect their right to education.

Linked Together: My Experience as a Mentee in the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s Mentoring Women in Business Programme in China

Business Fights Poverty, 6 May 2013

By YangYang Tao, Mentee in the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s Mentoring Women in Business Programme, China

Setting up FemmeHire with the help of my mentor

Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, 1 May 2013

Written by Karishma Daswani, Mentee with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

Invest in women and everyone benefits

Cherie Blair, The Huffington Post, 26 April 2013

This article was originally published on the Huffington Post.

Cherie Blair: I want to see women achieve full equality before I die

CNN, 22 April 2013

By Catriona Davies, for CNN

Blair: Nigeria not achieving full potential due to corruption, lax corporate governance

James Emejo and Muhammad Bello, ThisDay Live, 17 April 2013

The Chairman and Founder of Omnia Strategy LLP, Mrs. Cherie Blair, Tuesday said the menace of corruption and lax corporate governance were currently hurting Nigerian companies and limiting the country's ability to achieve its full economic potential.

The days of jobs for the boys are not over - but they're getting shorter

Evening Standard, 11 April 2013

Driven by pressure from lobby groups, the Government and the threat of EU legislation, large companies have been told to move quickly towards having boards that are at least 25 per cent female. Momentum has been lost recently - but thinking is at least moving in the right direction, reports Simon English.

First Pakistani tribal woman to run for parliament

Badam Zari, a Pakistani housewife, has made history by becoming the first woman to announce she is running for parliament in a male dominated tribal society.

A conversation with: Cherie Blair

The New York Times, 4 April 2013

By Haresh Pandya

Being a woman in a schizophrenic male world

HuffPost, 27 March 2013

Monique VillaCEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Five Questions with Cherie Blair, Founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

Clinton Global Initiative, 27 March 2013

This article was originally published in Clinton Global Initiative

160 Girls: Kenyan government taken to court on behalf of 160 Kenyan girls

Although Africa declares women and men equal in its constitution and outlaws rape in its legal code, arrests are rarely made.

Cherie Blair’s tribute to the barrister Rose Heilbron, the glass ceiling breaker

The Independent, 22 March 2013

"I thought ‘if one girl from Liverpool could make it in the law, maybe this girl from Liverpool could do it too." Cherie Blair

Cherie Blair bonds with village women

Khaleej Times, 23 March 2013

“I may not have seen the kind of problems that these woman have faced but my mother, at the age of 14, had to leave her studies to concentrate on raising her brother. But thankfully, she gave me and my siblings education. She made sure we got the opportunity that she never got and I see that among a lot of women who are here today." Cherie Blair

Cherie Blair helps women gain a voice at Israeli Business Club

The Jewish Chronicle Online, 21 March 2013

At an event in honour of International Women's Week hosted by the Israeli Business Club (IBC) last week, Cherie spoke about the importance of women's empowerment.

Promoting women's economic participation in India

Cherie Blair & Siddharth Chatterjee, The Huffington Post, 21 March 2013

Article originally published on the Huffington Post

In pics: Cherie Blair, wife of Tony Blair, marks the end of The Red Rickshaw Revolution in Mumbai

DNA India, 18 March 2013

Cherie welcomed the Red Rickshaw Revolution, a Vodafone Foundation initiative, to Vodafone India's corporate office on Monday 18 March in Mumbai.

Investing in women for economic growth

Forbes, 12 March 2013

Research has shown that women invest heavily in their families and as their skills increase and salaries rise, they are learning the power of saving.

MidEast gender gap still too wide, says World Bank, 16 March 2013

In a new report, the World Bank has said the Middle East and North Africa region still has a long way to go to address the gender gap in business and politics.

UN Women and the Women’s Self Worth Foundation join forces to work on Women’s Empowerment and gender equality

UN Women, 13 March 2013

UN Women and the Women's Self Worth Foundation have partnered to promote gender equality and women's empowerment from 2013 to 2015.

Muslims join pledge on women's rights

The Independent, 17 March 2013

Hardliners defied as historic blueprint to tackle violence against girls and women is agreed at the United Nations.

Michelle Bachelet leaves UN Women

UN Women & ABC News, 16 March 2013

Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, the first ever head of UN Women, is giving up her post to return to Chile. She became head of the UN agency promoting women's equality in July 2010 and after the tremendous job she has done, announced on Friday night that she is stepping down.

Women's road to independence? Mobile financial services

HuffPost, 8 March 2013

Henriette Kolb, CEO, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

CEDAW in Malaysia

Dr Muzaffar Syah Mallow, Senior Lecturer, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)

CEDAW workshop and an overview over the current reservation on the implementation of the “Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women” (CEDAW) in Malaysia.

Barnardo's calls for change to sentencing guidelines in child sexual exploitation cases

Cherie Blair, Huffington Post, 10 March 2013

I am supporting them in their campaign to seek clearer guidelines to ensure in every case courts dealing with victims of sexual exploitation remember that they are children.

Kathy Matsui in Bloomberg Business Week - The Economic Benefits of Educating Women

Bloomberg Business Week, 7 March 2013

Kathy Matsui, member of the AUW Support Foundation Board of Directors, has published an op-ed piece on The Economic Benefits of Educating Women in Bloomberg Business Week.

Generation C

Katharine Tengtio, one of Cherie's Foundation employees, is the Co-founder and Senior Editor of Generation C.

Lara's Foundation March update

Lara's Foundation, 4 March 2013

Lara's Foundation have also soared past their £45,000 fundraising target.

The virtual middle class rises

The New York Times, 2 February 2013

New Delhi

A titan’s how-to on breaking the glass ceiling

The New York Times, 21 February 2013

Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, is trying to create her own version of consciousness-raising groups.

McKinsey tries to recruit mothers who left the fold

Leslie, Kwoh, The Wall Street Journal, 19 February 2013

McKinsey & Co. wants its moms back.

The Gender Agenda: creating a new playing field

Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia, 2 & 3 March 2013

CEDAW & Leadership Workshop: two day training on human rights issues.

Message from Melanne Verveer

Melanne Verveer, 18 February 2013

More and more people around the world are recognizing that, as former Secretary Clinton has said, investing in women and girls is not just the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do.

Blair sees education as key to women’s success

Korea Joongang Daily, 2 February 2013

Signs MOUs with Korea Eximbank, Ewha University

Make a Change Through Mentoring

Cherie Blair, Huffington Post, 4 February 2013

'We need to take a leaf from the men's book and do more to encourage and support women trying to further their careers'

President Obama Signs New Directive to Strengthen our Work to Advance Gender Equality Worldwide

Valerie Jarrett and Samantha Power, The White House Blog, 30 January 2013

Valerie Jarrett is a Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls. Samantha Power is the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the National Security Council.

Bringing your religious beliefs to work - what are the limits?

Cherie Booth QC, The Lawyer, 22 January 2013

Nadia Eweida’s success at the ECHR doesn’t mean that wearing religious symbols in the workplace is an automatic entitlement, says Cherie Booth QC

Connectivity for Women: The Growing Digital Divide

HuffPost, 14 January 2013

Last week two international tech summits took place in the US, one on the East Coast and the other one on the West Coast, and they could not have been more different. While the Consumer Electric Show presented limitless possibilities of growing technology innovation, the ICT Forum for Women and Girls organised by UN Women and the US State Department highlighted a growing digital divide.

Meet your mentor with Cherie Blair CBE

Stylist, 15 January 2013

Stylist invites the renowned QC to reveal why mentoring is the crucial way to get ahead in 2013

King Abdullah appoints women to Saudi Arabian Parliament for first time

Business Insider, 11 January 2013

King Abdullah has cautiously introduced economic and social reforms "aimed at reconciling Saudi Arabia’s religious traditions with the needs of a modern economy and youthful population. "

Thank You, Secretary Clinton, says Natalie Pace

HuffPost, 13 January 2013

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is stepping off the fast track this year, and, though it has not been well-publicized (yet), her turn as Secretary of State may well be regarded as one of the most important periods for women the world has ever known.

Completing Democracy: Women’s Rights in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya

Yale Journal of International Affairs, 8 January 2013

The beginning of the Arab Awakening was defined by a wave of protests, demonstrations and revolutions that collectively rejected autocratic rule and singularly expressed a preference for democratic governance. As democratization is an ongoing process, the emerging democratic projects in the region are currently in a state of flux.

The Reconstructionists


A yearlong celebration of remarkable women who have changed how we see the world.

A New Year's Resolution to Benefit the World: Education for Women

Huffington Post 4th January 2013, Cherie Blair

'An educated woman is more likely to bring prosperity to her neighborhood so education is common sense, as well as good for economic development.'