Marie Staunton
Marie Staunton has over 25 years international development and human rights experience. She is currently Chair of Raleigh International and of the Equality and Diversity Forum. Prior to this she was the Chief Executive of two international charities, Plan UK and Interact Worldwide.

Marie is also UK Independent Member of the Management Board of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and Non Executive Director of Crown Agents. Marie qualified and practised as a solicitor, ran hostels for homeless people in England and Ireland in the 70’s, was the legal officer for Liberty, Director of Amnesty UK, Vice Chairman of Amnesty International and Deputy Director of UNICEF before joining Plan. She also has considerable commercial experience, working as Publishing Director of FT Law and Tax for 7 years and was Editor of Solicitors Journal.

Entries by Marie Staunton

Triple Jeopardy: Three Ways Women and Girls Face Discrimination on International Women's Day

(3) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 6:00 PM

When Matthias Duck developed a skin disease, he was rapidly diagnosed and cured within six months. That same disease cost Momina her home and children and left her with permanent disability. They had both contracted leprosy.

The disease has been curable for decades and treatment is free, but gender status...

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A Community Approach to Sanitation: World Toilet Day

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 12:07 PM

It takes a week's salary to pay for a child's transport to hospital, half a day's pay to buy medicine if you catch the illness early enough and next to nothing to prevent disease by washing hands, using a toilet and having clean water. That is the calculation that 33...

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Nicaragua's Cooperative Approach to Empowering Women

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

A business that rewards the unpaid work of women and girls? Now, that is a cause for celebration this International Women's Day. Globally, women do two thirds of the world's work but earn only 10% of the world's income. This is partly because caring and domestic work is not always...

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Roll Up, Roll Up for World Leaders' Balancing Act

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 11:11 AM

The High Level Panel meeting in London today has to perform a high wire act. In full public view they are balancing the interests of governments, private sector and civil society to get agreement on a new set of development goals for the world.

If they succeed we will have...

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Ending Female Genital Mutilation: A Three-Step Process

(13) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 7:00 PM

A gruesome practise exists around the world that can cause girls severe bleeding, incontinence and complications in childbirth later in life.

In the UK alone, 24,000 under 16s are at risk of suffering this painful and unnecessary operation. As you would expect, the procedure, female genital mutilation, has...

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Worlds Apart - GCSEs and Girls Education

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 6:51 AM

Today, August 23rd, British girls once again outperformed boys in GCSE results. 65.4% of boys achieved A*-C grades, compared to 73.3% of girls. So why as I travel around the world am I so often told that girls are either not as bright or not as interested in school as...

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A Perfect Storm in Mali

(10) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Here in Mali, families are trapped in a perfect storm - the consequences of climate change and political regime change. Drought has led to a dreadful harvest and rocketing prices, whilst the departure of Gaddafi has led to migrating mercenaries, laden with arms.

Not only has nature shrivelled the...

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Equal Pay for Women - 60 Years on

(3) Comments | Posted May 17, 2012 | 7:00 PM

I was born the month that parliament voted equal pay for women.

A law that was less useful to my mum than it should have been because she worked in a low paid 'woman's job' as hospital cleaner for the 'pin money' that paid our bills. It was not...

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Mother's Day: A 30-Year-Old Grandmother's Story

(8) Comments | Posted March 16, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Motherhood is changing for millions of women in our rapidly urbanising world.

I recently met Barkha, a 30-year-old grandma in Mangolpuri slum in Delhi. Her own mother married at nine, she married at 13, became a Mum at 14 and never went to school. Both her daughters...

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