Lesley Abdela

Lesley Abdela

Biography

Lesley Abdela is a women’s’ rights campaigner, gender consultant and journalist who has worked for women’s representation in over 40 countries including post-conflict countries: Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq, Afghanistan, Nepal and Aceh. In 1980 she founded the all-party 300 Group to campaign to get more women into local, national and European politics in the UK. She is author of Women with X Appeal: Women Politicians in Britain Today (London: Macdonald Optima 1989).

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