I support and advise a number of organisations that share my vision for a more equal world. Below you can find out more about some of them and the important work they do.
The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security examines and highlights the roles and experiences of women in peace and security worldwide through cutting edge research, global convenings and strategic partnerships. Housed within the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown, the Institute is headed by the former U.S. Ambassador for Global Women's Issues, Melanne Verveer.
The Institute is setting a course for a more stable, peaceful and just world by putting a spotlight on how women can and do:
Improve peacemaking, peacekeeping, and peace-building
Strengthen conflict prevention and resolution initiatives
Mitigate humanitarian emergencies
Foster democratic political transitions
Drawing on Georgetown University's breadth of expertise and unique international standing, the Institute:
Leverages its reach within influential spheres of diplomacy, security, policy and academia
Pioneers innovative research, training and scholarship that is evidence-based and impactful, and that closes the information gap on the effects of women's participation
Convenes global leaders, highlights best approaches, and utilizes the latest technology to share information broadly
Inspires and influences the next generation of leaders
The creation of the Institute was announced by President John J. DeGioia and then U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Georgetown on December 19, 2011 when the Secretary unveiled the historic United States' National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. At the broadest level, the Institute is a continuation of the mandate articulated in United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, adopted in 2000, which reaffirmed "the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts and in peace-building," and stressed "the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security... ."
As the international community recognizes the importance of elevating women’s participation in peace and security efforts, Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security stands ready to provide essential analysis, expertise and leadership on this critical issue.
The Centre for Women, Peace and Security is a leading academic space for scholars, practitioners, activists, policy-makers and students to develop strategies to promote justice, human rights and participation for women in conflict-affected situations around the world.
Through innovative research, teaching, and multi-sectoral engagement, the Centre aims to promote gender equality and enhance women’s economic, social and political participation and security.
The creation of the Centre in the Institute of Global Affairs demonstrates the international reach of LSE and its focus on issues of global concern.
The El-Hibri Foundation envisions a society where everyone can achieve the American Dream in a diverse and inclusive world.
It supports building an inclusive America by advancing peace and respect for diversity inspired by the universally shared values of Islam.
The organisation believes that If community leaders have the capacity, resources, and collaborative relationships for effective community building, then American Muslim communities will thrive.
The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is a global research institute with headquarters in Washington, D.C., and regional offices in New Delhi, India and Kampala, Uganda. Its research evidence identifies women’s contributions as well as the obstacles that prevent them from being economically strong and able to fully participate in society. ICRW translates these insights into a path of action that honors women’s human rights, ensures gender equality and creates the conditions in which all women can thrive.
ICRW comprises social scientists, economists, public health specialists and demographers, all of whom are experts in gender relations. They are thought leaders driven by a passion to alleviate poverty and rectify injustice in the world. And believe that women and girls – in collaboration with men and boys – are essential to the solutions. They know that when their quality of life improves, families are healthier and economies are stronger.
The 30% Club campaign was launched in the UK in 2010 with a target of achieving a minimum of 30% women on FTSE-100 boards – currently the figure stands at 26% up from 12.5%. As of 2016, that target has been expanded beyond the FTSE-100 to a minimum of 30% women on FTSE-350 boards by 2020. In tandem with this, the 30% Club has introduced a pipeline target of a minimum of 30% women at senior management level of FTSE-100 companies by 2020.
The 30% Club was founded by Helena Morrissey CBE, Chair of Newton Investment Management and Chair of the Investment Association. Day-to-day activities in the UK are now led by 30% Club Global Chair, Brenda Trenowden of ANZ, and a Steering Committee.
The 30% Club currently has Clubs across the world in the US, Canada, Australia, the GCC, Hong Kong, Ireland, Malaysia, Italy and Southern Africa.
Vital Voices Global Partnership identifies, trains and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe, enabling them to create a better world for us all.
It is at the forefront of international coalitions to combat human trafficking and other forms of violence against women and girls.
It enables women to become change agents in their governments, advocates for social justice, and supporters of democracy and the rule of law.
The organisation equips women with management, business development, marketing, and communications skills to expand their enterprises, help to provide for their families, and create jobs in their communities.
Its international staff and team of over 1,000 partners, pro bono experts and leaders, including senior government, corporate and NGO executives, have trained and mentored more than 15,000 emerging women leaders from over 144 countries in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East since 1997. These women have returned home to train and mentor more than 500,000 additional women and girls in their communities. They are the Vital Voices of our time.