Baroness Afshar of Heslington

Haleh Afshar, Baroness Afshar OBE, (born 1944) is a Professor in Politics and Women's Studies at the University of York and Visiting Professor of Islamic Law at the Faculté Internationale de Droit Comparé. Of Iranian origin, she worked as a journalist before and after her initial studies at York, where she returned after receiving her PhD from Cambridge University. Afshar serves on several bodies, notably the British Council and the United Nations Association, of which she is Honorary President of International Services. She was appointed to the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours list of June 2005. On October 18, 2007 it was announced that she would be created a baroness and join the House of Lords as a cross-bench (non-party political) peer. She was formally introduced into the House of Lords on December 11, 2007, as Baroness Afshar of Heslington in the County of North Yorkshire.

Baroness Amos

Baroness Amos was appointed to the House of Lords in 1997. She was the longest serving Leader of the Lords since the mid-1980s and second longest in the last half century. Following a successful career in Local Government, Baroness Amos was Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission from 1989 ¬ 1994, before working extensively in post-Apartheid South Africa. From 1998 to 2001 Baroness Amos was appointed a Government Whip in the House of Lords. She was also the International Development Spokesperson from 1998 to 2007 and the Minister of State for Africa from 2001 to 2003. In 2003 she was appointed Secretary of State for International Development.

Between 2003 -2007 Baroness Amos became Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President to the Privy Council. She also attended the Africa Union summit on behalf of HM Government in Accra, Ghana 2007, and the EU/AU Summit in Portugal 2007.

Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran

Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran has a distinguished career in the field of Gynaecology and Obstetrics.  He is President of both the International Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (FIGO) and the British Medical Association (2013-14) and is Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St. George’s, University of London.  He was President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists between 2007 and 2010.  He is a Fellow of the Singapore College of O&G (FCOGS) and a recipient of the Honorary Fellowships of FSOGC (Canada), FACOG (America), FSCOG (Sri Lanka), FICOG (India), FCPS (Pakistan), FANZCOG (Australia & New Zealand), FDGGG (Germany) and FSACOG (South Africa).  He is Editor in Chief of Best Practice & Research in Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology.  In June 2009 he was made Knight Bachelor in recognition of Services to Medicine in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Kathy Lette

Kathy Lette, a supporter of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, divides her time between being a full time writer and mother. After several years as a singer with the Salami Sisters, and working as a newspaper columnist in Sydney and New York and a television sitcom writer for Columbia Pictures in Los Angeles, her ten novels became international best-sellers. Through witty wordplay, Kathy's satires on the sex war touch on real issues - from exploring how young Australian girls allowed themselves to be treated as human handbags by their boyfriends to marriage, infidelity and childbirth. Her quips persuade us that for the female of the species it's probably a case of laugh or die, especially when thinking of the horrors of the Pudding Club.

“It’s a man’s world,” she says. “Women still don’t get have equal pay, we’re getting concussion hitting our heads on the glass ceiling and we’re expected to windex it whilst we’re up there. And yet it’s a million times worse in the developing world where women face war, famine, poverty, sexism, rape, child labour, violence and the indifference of corrupt governments with nothing more than hope, which is a little like facing up to Darth Vader with a butter knife. The reason I want to help Women and Children First, is that women should be each other’s human wonder bras – uplifting, supportive and making each other look bigger and better”

Baroness Massey of Darwen

A former teacher and education advisor, Baroness Doreen Massey was the Director of the Family Planning Association from 1989 to 1994. She was made a Life Peer of Darwen in the County of Lancashire in 1999 and has worked in the House of Lords as member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Integrated and Complementary Healthcare. She is a very active member of the House of Lords and has focused keenly on the Children and Young Persons Bill.

Juliet Stevenson

Juliet Stevenson is one of the most respected actors of her generation.  Having studied at RADA, she started her stage career in the early 1980s with the Royal Shakespeare Company.  Her television career took off when she appeared in the popular TV serialisation of Catherine Cookson’s novels, The Mallens.  Juliet made her name in films in 1991 playing Nina opposite Alan Rickman in Truly, Madly, Deeply, a performance that won her the Evening Standard Film Award for Best Actress.  Other accolades include the Laurence Olivier Best Actress Award, for Death and the Maiden, plus a BAFTA nomination for The Politician’s Wife.  One of her most high profile roles was in Bend it Like Beckham.  Juliet was awarded a CBE in 1999.

A committed supporter of women’s issues and rights, Juliet agreed to become a Patron of Women and Children First in March 2011.