FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Baroness Shreela Flather Nominated
for Women's Rights
London, UK – March 5, 2015 – Baroness Shreela Flather of Windsor and Maidenhead has been shortlisted from over 100 candidates this year for the 3rd Annual Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award. The award recognises outstanding politicians and diplomats who are representing civilian interests at the highest level in areas of policy, social and business overall. Baroness Flather is nominated for her work in improving lives of women in extreme poverty with Marie Stopes Internartional.
Marie Stopes International is one of the biggest international health charities that provide life-saving reproductive and sexual health services internationally. Baroness Flather has been on the Board of the organisation for over 20 years, focusing on raising awareness on family planning, maternal health and abortion particularly in developing countries. Approximately 300,000 young women die from pregnancy-related complications and more than 200 million women in developing countries who want to avoid getting pregnant have no access to contraception.
Abortion is a contentious issue in many countries but when women are treated as expendables by their counterpart, helping women become self-aware is an important educational tool to better protect themselves. The Baroness is a strong believer of putting women in extreme poverty into work. In her book “Women, Acceptable Exploitation for Profit”, she argues that women must be central to every initiative, business project and political goal rather than be an afterthought. However she notes that women tend to not speak their minds in public but wait behind closed doors to reveal their thought which is keeping them from advancing their rights in society.
To target extreme gender poverty, Baroness Flather is setting up a charity “Women Matter” in India and Africa by joining with British companies for women to be given paid work. Indian companies only provide 2% of their profits to corporate social responsibility and her vision is to provide women the opportunity to earn money, learn basic numeracy and literacy skills, family planning, and protection from abuse. She says that when a woman earns money she spends it on her family and makes every effort to send her children to school but only 30% of a man’s wages go to his family.
Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, Executive Director of Grassroot Diplomat, said: “All too often, we hear stories of our governments not representing our needs but Grassroot Diplomat looks upon selfless individuals who work tirelessly for their communities. The award seeks to create a culture of positive role models within our governments which encourages others in power to follow suit.”
Baroness Flather is fearless about stating her views and stands up for her beliefs irrespective of causing offence, making her a strong advocate for women’s rights in the world’s poorest countries.
Join Baroness Shreela Flather and other government nominees for the gala dinner at The May Fair Hotel, London on Thursday 5th March 2015. For ticket information please visit: http://www.grassrootdiplomat.org/book-tickets or call 07511 816689.
Further details about the awards can be found on: www.grassrootdiplomat.org/annual-awards
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