About Baroness Mary Goudie


Mary GoudieA senior member of the British House of Lords, Baroness Mary Goudie is a global advocate for the rights of women and children.  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 shares perspectives on her blog -www.baronessgoudie.com and on The Huffington Post www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/baroness-mary-goudie. She can also be followed on Twitter @BaronessGoudie.

Baroness Goudie was appointed as a life peer in the House of Lords in 1998. As a senior member of the House of Lords, she works with the UK and USA governments to bring attention to issues including Burma and Muslim refugees, as well as the education of women and the protection of children.
Baroness Goudie is Chair of the Women Leaders’ Council to Fight Human Trafficking at the United Nations, where she launched the global initiative to fight human trafficking in March 2007. Baroness Goudie is involved with the G8 and G20 promoting the role of women and children in the global economy. She is also an expert in both global issues and corporate social responsibility.
She is actively engaged in numerous philanthropic organisations including her role as a member of the Board of Directors of Vital Voices Global Partnership. In this role she has been involved in training community and business leaders and parliamentarians on both social and political issues around the world. 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.

In March 2012 Baroness Goudie was appointed to the Global Advisory Board of WEConnect International, a corporate led non-profit, which facilitates inclusive and sustainable economic growth by empowering and connecting women business owners globally.  In April 2012 she was appointed a trustee of the El-Hibri Charitable Foundation whose aims are to foster interfaith dialogue and to find common ground and solutions to global challenges affecting mankind. Also in April 2012, she was appointed as a UK Director for the Center for Talent Innovation, a ‘think tank’ specialising in diversity and talent management.

In recognition of her work Baroness Goudie was awarded the 2010 Global Power Award by the Center for Women Policy Studies. In March 2012, Baroness Goudie was appointed by Vital Voices Global Partnership and Bank of America as an ambassador for The Global Ambassadors Program. The initiative focuses on investing in emerging women leaders, with an aim of strengthening communities and improving economic growth.

Since 2000, Baroness Mary Goudie has been a patron of the Community Foundation of Northern Ireland which benefits numerous charities, especially those focused on assisting women and children.  She led the campaign to increase the endowment fund with funding from the British Government, foundations and individuals. In 2007 she launched the Patrons fund to ensure sustainability and is leading this new campaign.

In Scotland, Baroness Goudie has served on the Governing Board of Napier University where she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree in 1999. She was also a member of the Board of the Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice in Glasgow.  Additionally, Baroness Goudie was included in the “List of Most Important Women in Scotland” published by the leading Scottish newspapers.

In 1983, Baroness Goudie was campaign manager to Roy Hattersley (now a Lord) in his campaign to become deputy leader of the Labour Party. She continues to campaign and raise funds for the Labour Party.
In 1971, Mary Goudie became the youngest woman elected to the London Borough of Brent Council. During her time on the Borough Council she worked to advance the Campaign for a Housing Aid Centre and a Law Centre and she helped found a Housing Association for the Borough.

Baroness Goudie’s blog www.baronessgoudie.com , highlights the issues of women and children, with particular focus on human trafficking, human rights and the inclusion of women in peace negotiations.

Baroness Goudie has been described as possessing a powerful combination of qualities. She has earned an impressive reputation for advancing a variety of Parliamentary and Constitutional issues while being an enthusiastic and energetic person who has amassed an enviable collection of influential contacts around the globe who regard her as a valued and trusted friend.

She is married with two sons and resides in London, England and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.


Women, Peace and Security – UN Security Council Resolution 1325

Women, Peace and Security 


UN Security Council Resolution 1325 was the first of its kind to specifically address the unique impact of conflict on women, and women’s important contributions to conflict resolution and sustainable peace. Passed in 2000, it marked a watershed moment when the international community formally recognized the integral role of women and gender to peace and security. UNSCR 1325 has remained an essential tool for encouraging governments to fulfill their obligations to ensure women are included as agents for peace and security in all processes, and its framework has inspired further action by the UN and civil societies and governments around the world to mainstream gender into their work on conflict resolution.


Following UNSCR 1325, subsequent Security Council Resolutions further defined the importance of women’s roles in conflict and peacebuilding. Resolutions 1820, passed in 2008, and 1888, passed in 2009,  recognize sexual violence as an issue of international peace and security and reiterate the need for a comprehensive response to sexual and gender-based violence. In 2010, Resolution 1960 created specific steps needed for the prevention of sexual violence, and Resolution 2106 in 2013 looked specifically at accountability for crimes of sexual violence. The most recent resolution on women, peace and security, UNSCR 2122, aims to strengthen measures to improve the participation of women in all phases of conflict resolution and prevention.


UNSCR 1325 and successive Resolutions are an important show of international support that ensure women, peace and security are on the agenda for international organizations and governments across the globe, but there are many steps between the passage of such resolutions and their full implementation on the ground.  One tool that helps bridge this gap are National Action Plans(NAPs), written plans that specify how a country will mainstream gender, and the principles of 1325 into its defense, development and diplomatic activities. Over 36 countries in the world have drafted NAPs, and that number is growing every year.


In addition to government- and UN-level documents and programs, it is important to consider the work women do in more informal, Track II diplomatic and peace negotiations. Around the world, women are active as civil society leaders, and in many cases, such as Liberia, Northern Ireland and the Philippines, their grassroots work has played a major role in peace processes.


For more resources on women, peace and security, visit The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and SecurityPeaceWomenUSIP, and The Institute for Inclusive Security.

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