One World Action

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One World Action was created in 1989 and "is working to create the power and opportunity for the poorest citizens to transform their own lives, and to challenge the international policies that make and keep people poor." [1] The charity is affiliated with Solidar. "In 2011 after careful deliberation and having considered a number of options the charity One World Action decided to move towards a managed closure". [2]

More Women More Power

The More Women More Power Campaign is calling for women to occupy 50 per cent or more of seats in all parliaments and elected bodies.

One World Action is campaigning for radical measures to enable women to participate fully in political decision-making at the local, national and regional and international levels.

We believe that pushing for women’s greater representation and participation in politics will help end centuries of discrimination and will contribute towards more robust democracies and equitable development worldwide.

Take an active part in the More Women More Power campaign!

Send the More Women More Power Postcard to the Secretary of State for International Development pressing for more aid to go to programmes which promote and support women's political participation.

Sign the More Women More Power petition calling on the UK Prime Minister to take immeidate action to implement article 7 of CEDAW through measures such as legislative action on quotas, all-women shortlists, or constituency twinning.

Organise a More Women More Power campaign meeting in your local political party, workplace, community or college.

Patrons (2008)

  • President - Glenys Kinnock - Member of European Parliament and President of the ACP-EU Joint Assembly ; strong interest in human rights, gender issues and international development, co-founder of One World Action
  • Vice-President - Sigmund Sternberg - Hungarian-born British philanthropist and business leader, strongly involved in promoting better relations between Muslims, Jews, and Christians as a co-founder of Three Faith Forum
  • Richard Attenborough - Actor and film director, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, member of UK House of Lords, special interest in issues of children and AIDS in developing countries
  • Luis Ayala - Secretary General, re-elected at the last Congress, of the Socialist International, based in London
  • Ela Bhatt - Indian-born activist, founder of India’s Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), the leading international labour, women, and micro-finance movement
  • Inger Carlsson Musser - Relative of Bernt Carlsson, former Swedish diplomat, OWA was founded in memory of Bernt after his death in the Lockerbie aircraft bombing in 1988
  • Tore Carlsson - Relative of Bernt Carlsson, former Swedish diplomat, OWA was founded in memory of Bernt after his death in the Lockerbie aircraft bombing in 1988
  • Julie Christee - Indian-born English film actor, active in animal rights, environmental protection, and the anti-nuclear movement, as well as international development
  • Tony Clarke - Former postman, Deputy General Secretary from 1981 to 1993 of Union of Communication Workers, member of the Labour Party’s National Exective Committee from 1983 to 1993, now Lord Clarke of Hampstead
  • Stanley Clinton-Davies - Member of the UK House of Lords and former European Commissioner for transport and environmental issues, former MP and member of Labour Party government
  • Brenda Dean - Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, British trade unionist, and former General Secretary of the print union NALGO
  • Meghnad Desai - Member of UK House of Lords, Professor of economics at the LSE, strong interest in politics, poverty and international economic development
  • Alf Dubs - Local Councillor serving on Area Authority and Mental Health Trust, campaigned on human rights, immigration, civil liberties, energy, and constitutional reform; former Chair of the Nicaragua Health Fund, that merged with One World Action in 1994
  • Nawal El Saadawi - Leading Egyptian feminist, sociologist, journalist and writer on Arab women’s problems
  • Ben Elton - British stand-up comedian, screen writer and successful novelist
  • Barbara Follett - Jamaican-born British politician, Labour MP, Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party, Women’s Committee Scrabble, loving photography and Star Trek
  • Denis Healey - Member of UK House of Lords, one of the most influential British politicians, former Chancellor of the Exchequer
  • Jack Jones - Former General Secretary of the Transport and General Workers’ Union, served with International Brigade in Spanish Civil War, member of the National Exective Committee of the Labour Party, In retirement President of the National Pensioners’ Convention
  • Miriam Karling - British film and stage actor, humanist, distinguished supporter of the British Humanist Association
  • Wangari Maathai - Kenyan-born environmental and political activist, Nobel Peace Prize winner, founder of the Green Belt movement, contributing to sustainable development, democracy and peace
  • Bill Morris - Jamaican-born, Britain’s first black trade union General Secretary and regular broadcaster on current social, political and economic issues, member of the UK House of Lords
  • Neil Mullarkey - British actor, writer, improviser, workshop leader, and keynote speaker, founder-member of the Comedy Store Players
  • Hugh O'Shaughnessy - Award-winning journalist and broadcaster who has covered Latin America for nearly four decades, regular correspondent for the Financial Times and The Observer
  • Harold Pinter - British playwright, director, actor, poet and political activist, won the Nobel Prize in Literature 2005
  • Emma Rothchild - British economic historian, professor, Chair of the UN Research Institute for Social Development and the UN Foundation Board Exective Committee
  • Antony Sher - South African-born British actor, writer, novelist and artist, received a Knighthood for his services to the arts in 2000
  • Jon Snow - Broadcaster, journalist, writer, main presenter of UK’s Channel 4 News, Chairman of the New Horizon Youth Centre, Deputy Chairman of the Media Trust
  • Juliet Stevenson - English stage and screen actor, awarded the CBE in 1999, Member of the RADA Council
  • Emma Thompson - Award-winning British actor, comedian, screenwriter, mother, activist in number of causes including international development
  • Andimba Ya Toivo - Namibian politician, founder of the Ovamboland People’s Congress( OPC), active in the independence movement


Trustees (2008)

  • Maureen Donnelly (Chair), Consultant in Telecoms and NHS Primary Care Trust Chair
  • Hazel Reeves (Vice Chair), Academic, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
  • Michael Curtis (Treasurer Elect), Director of Finance, London Borough of Islington
  • Elisabeth Al-Khalifa, Independent Consultant on Equality and Human Rights (currently advising the Disability Rights Commission)
  • Shamim Azad, Artist, poet and community activist
  • John Baldwin, Head of International Affairs, CWU
  • Ruby Dlay, Grants Manager, The Clothworkers Foundation
  • Tess Gill, Barrister, Old Square Chambers (specialising in employment law and equality issues)
  • Isobel Hunter, Consultant in Human Resources and Organisational Development
  • Miranda Lewis, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)
  • Philip Mulligan, International Development Professional
  • Ranila Ravi-Burslem, Marketing and Business Development Professional
  • Christopher Seymour, Consultant and Managing Director Indian Social Enterprise
  • Margaret Wheeler, Director of Organisation and Staff Development, UNISON




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