Baroness Featherstone
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Lynne Featherstone MP was appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development on 5 September 2012.

She was elected as Member of Parliament for Hornsey and Wood Green in 2005. She served as the Liberal Democrats’ international development spokesperson in 2006, before moving on to be their youth and equalities spokesperson in 2007.

Prior to that, Lynne was elected to Haringey Council in 1998 (a position she held until 2006), and in 2000, she was elected to the London Assembly, where she chaired the transport committee and served on the health and standards committees and the Metropolitan Police Authority.

She launched the government’s Body Confidence campaign in November 2010.

For more information about her work at the Department for International Development visit

Entries by Baroness Featherstone

The Fight to End FGM Is Still Far From Over

(9) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 7:00 PM

Today is the United Nations International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation and depressingly we still have to fight to end this barbaric practice.

The only protection we can throw around our children is knowledge - what to look out for and who to turn to. It is...

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A Tribute to Efua Dorkenoo

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 9:22 AM

We learned with very great sadness of the passing of Efua Dorkenoo OBE on Saturday 14 October.

We had the honour of working closely with Efua for some years, and she was deservingly known as 'Mama Efua', the mother of the movement against FGM. Efua worked tirelessly for many decades,...

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South Sudan's Leaders Must Do More to End Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2014 | 12:09 PM

While the eyes of the world rightly look towards global crises in Iraq, Syria, Gaza, Ukraine and West Africa, there is a serious and worsening humanitarian disaster almost going unnoticed in South Sudan.

It is deeply saddening to see a country that was once so full of...

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For the World's Poorest People, Cooking Is One of the Biggest Killers - We Can Change That

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 8:00 PM

If the TV schedules are anything to go by we love cooking in the UK. But how would you feel about it if every time you put the oven on your life was at risk?

The World Health Organization has estimated that every year 4.3million people die from...

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More Action Needed on Reproductive Rights for All

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 8:00 PM

Twenty years ago the world took an important step in agreeing that population is not just about measuring the numbers of people in the world, it is about the quality of lives of individuals and that every person counts. At the heart of this agreement was the recognition that gender...

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Uganda: Next Paralympic Champions?

(8) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 8:00 PM

I have travelled back to Kampala for the final leg of my trip with Ade Adepitan to investigate what life is like for disabled people in Uganda.

I was very excited about our main event - we were due to meet Uganda's own wheelchair paralympic hopefuls. I...

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The UK Will Help Tackle the Great Neglect of Disability

(13) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 8:00 PM

The biggest disability rights meeting in five years takes place in New York this week as part of the United Nations General Assembly. People with disabilities have long been the forgotten people when it comes to overseas development. This is a landmark opportunity to give them a voice and put...

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Hope and HIV in Malawi

(5) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 8:00 PM

It took 10 minutes for me to witness despair in the optimistically-titled 'Corridors of Hope'.

It must seem like a cruel name to those being tested for HIV in the small, sparse rooms along this hallway in Dedza District Hospital in Malawi.

There was little hope in...

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The African Women Who Are Turning Their Backs on FGM

(20) Comments | Posted June 30, 2013 | 8:00 PM

"I wanted to save lives not put them at risk."

That's what a former female genital cutter told me during a visit to Kenya last week, as she explained why she downed her tools and instead became a birth attendant.

I believe this woman should be celebrated for...

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World Malaria Day: International Community Needs To Sustain Commitment To Tackle Malaria

(3) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 8:00 PM

Malaria affects over half the world's population, with a child dying every minute from the disease. In the worst-affected countries malaria has a devastating impact on health systems and economies. When faced with these stark facts it can often seem like there's no hope.

But amongst the gloom there are...

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Seeing Is Believing - Abandonment of FGC in Senegal

(8) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 8:00 PM

A fortnight ago I announced that the UK, through the Department for International Development, would throw its weight behind the global movement to finally bring an end Female Genital Cutting (FGC). Momentum is building and I firmly believe we have a chance to end the practice within...

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Push for Change on Women's Rights

(3) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 7:00 PM

It's my last day at the 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, and I've started the day speaking at a breakfast reception for Afghan women.

Under the Taleban, Afghan women suffered some of the worst oppression in the world. To this day the situation remains challenging....

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Ending Female Genital Cutting in a Generation

(23) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 7:00 PM

I want to end female genital mutilation (or cutting), I want to see it happen within a generation, and I've just been with hundreds of people who share this ambition, including the first lady of Burkina Faso and the women's minister of Niger. The annual meeting of the UN Commission...

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Bringing a Worldwide End to Violence Against Women and Girls

(24) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 7:00 PM

I've finally arrived in New York for the annual meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) - one of the big annual events in my diary and one that Justine Greening and I have been working hard on for months.

So far I'm overwhelmed by...

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A Bright Yellow Future for Girls in Ethiopia

(8) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Today I met a future doctor, accountant and engineer. They were all 13 year old girls. The aspirations of these Ethiopian girls is heartening. The engineer says she wants to train to help "build up her country". I wouldn't bet against her doing just that. And the UK Department for...

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Mobile Money Opens Up New Opportunities for Mozambique's Small and Medium Businesses

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 5:29 AM

There is money in the air in Mozambique. The deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and I have just watched Nilza and Herculano transfer 100 meticais (about two pounds) via mobile phone. They may both be standing in front of us for this demonstration, but in a country where less than...

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Moving Towards a World Free From Female Genital Cutting

(44) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 5:07 PM

Why in this present day does female genital mutilation or cutting (FGC) continue? For far too long it has been an issue that people have tended to shy away from, and in my view, neglected.

But we can no longer shy away. What FGC actually entails is...

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Sudan: Darfur Is Still Suffering 10 Years After Conflict Began

(5) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Britain's aid programme is about people, not numbers. But sometimes, the figures are so shocking it is impossible to escape them.

This year marks 10 years since the start of conflict in Darfur and the numbers speak for themselves. During 3,655 days of violence, hundreds of thousands have died, millions...

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Why 2013 Is a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity for Girls and Women

(5) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 9:07 AM

The coalition government could not change the lives of millions of the poorest people around the world without working with a wide range of talented, inspirational and dedicated charities and NGOs.

This week I invited representatives of 13 of those organisations (full list below) to sit down with me...

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World AIDS Day: Why Stigma Must Not be the Barrier to Tackling HIV Worldwide

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 7:00 PM

We've come a long way in the fight to tackle HIV in developing countries - UK aid is helping to prevent 500,000 new HIV infections by 2015 in women through a range of prevention programmes. But there's still the hurdle of reaching people who are marginalised from the...

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