Lesley Abdela Explained

Lesley Julia Abdela MBE[1] Hon D.Litt,[2] Citation|publication-date=17 November 2008|year=2008|title=Birthdays|periodical=The Guardian|publisher=Guardian News and Media|issue=51448|pages=35|issn=02613077}}) is an international women's human rights campaigner and gender/post-conflict specialist who has worked for over 25 years in the fields of gender development. She is an international expert on the advance of women in Politics and Public Life. She has worked as an adviser in 40 different countries, to both governments and IGOs (United Nations, OSCE),NGOs such as the IOM, and the European Commission.In March 2009 she won the UK Woman Political Journalist of the Year Award. The awards’ organisers and sponsors include The House Magazine, Dod's, Whitehall & Westminster World, Psychologies, and the Civil Service Network. Voting was by the Parliamentary Press Lobby, Members of the House of Commons, and Members of the House of Lords. http://www.womeninpubliclifeawards.co.uk/winner2009.htmlPast winners include the BBC’s Financial Editor Stephanie Flanders (2008), and the Guardian's columnist Polly Toynbee (2007).


Lesley Abdela was born in London and was educated at Queen Anne's School, Caversham, the Chatelard School, Les Avants, Switzerland, Hammersmith College of Art and Building and the London College of Printing, now part of the University of the Arts London.

Lesley Abdela lives in Burwash, East Sussex.

Lesley Abdela is widely considered one of the world’s leading experts in the field of gender and is an award-winning journalist. She has received many awards, including the UK Woman of Europe award[3] for her work seeking the empowerment of women in Central and Eastern Europe. She was also the first Political Editor of Cosmopolitan in 1993. Recently, Lesley Abdela was voted into the New Statesmans poll "Top 50 Heroes Of Our Time." See http://www.newstatesman.com/200605220016. She was chosen July 2007 United States Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs European Alumni of the Month www.exchanges.state.gov/alumni/alumnus.htm)

Lesley Abdela has also recently appeared on BBC Radio 4's programme Great Lives discussing the life and achievements of Millicent Fawcett, the British suffragist.

Lesley Abdela was in Kathmandu for six months to March 2008 as a gender adviser to the United Nations’ Humanitarian programmes in Nepal. Her work has included on-the-ground stints in Kosovo (OSCE), Aceh (IOM), Iraq (USAID) and Sierra Leone (DfID/British Council). Gender/Post-Conflict activities: Lesley Abdela was the keynote speaker at the War Crimes Conference – Retrospectives and Prospects, at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London, February 19/20/21 2009. Her talk concerned 'Women's Justice versus Peace' and protecting women witnesses in the lead-up to the trial, at the time of the trial, and after the trial - is justice for women often ignored in an attempt to achieve peace at any price?

Lesley Abdela is Senior Partner in Shevolution[4], a gender equality consultancy; Chief Executive of Project Parity, a non-partisan NGO working to increase the proportion of women in politics, with particular emphasis on the developing world;[5] a partner in consultancy Eyecatcher Associates;[6] and co-founder (with Tim Symonds) of the all-party 300 Group for women in politics and public life.[7]


Articles and papers


Archival sound recordings

Fifty-six reels of audio recordings reflecting Abdela's experiences in Kosovo 1999/2000, attached to the OSCE, to Nepal 2007/2008, attached to UN OCHA, via Sierra Leone (British Council), Iraq (RTI/USAID), Afghanistan and Aceh (IOM), were recorded by Imperial War Museum archivist Lyn Smith during 2008.

Lectures and speeches

Lesley Abdela and Professor Gerard 'Jerry' De Groot (St Andrews) on why the UK and the European Union should lead the world in United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.[8]

Professor De Groot spoke on the subject at a UNIFEM conference in Rwanda recently, quoting from a piece Lesley Abdela published on openDemocracy.net three years ago.

Abdela stated:

External links

Notes and References

  1. http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/ViewPDF.aspx?pdf=52173&geotype=London&gpn=12&type=ArchivedIssuePage&all=&exact=&atleast=&similar= MBE list 15 June 1990
  2. http://www.ntu.ac.uk/alumni/honorary_graduates/index.cfm?ID=3 Honorary Graduates
  3. http://www.woea.dk/EUKP_EN/index_en.htm Women of Europe Award
  4. http://www.shevolution.qbfox.com/about_us/the_team/index.html The Team
  5. http://www.shevolution.qbfox.com/about_us/project_parity/ Project Parity
  6. http://www.shevolution.qbfox.com/about_us/eyecatcher/ Eyecatcher Associates
  7. http://www.aim25.ac.uk/cgi-bin/search2?coll_id=6765&inst_id=65 Records of the 300 Group
  8. UNSCR1325 is an exemplary Security Council Resolution passed unanimously in late 2000, greatly expedited by the work of Britain's Sir Jeremy Greenstock and the UK Delegation to the UN at the time. A short version of the Resolution can be found at http://www.iwtc.org/1325_word.pdf