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Marie Staunton

Chief Executive of international children’s charity Plan UK, and Interact Worldwide.

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London 2012: Here come the girls, Notebook

London 2012: Here come the girls

“You can say it’s like an Arab Spring for women,” says Yobes Ondieki, a Kenyan former World Champion runner, ahead of the London Olympics. After losing out to Ethiopia in the 2004 medal tables, Kenyan officials realised the winning formula was staring them in the face: the majority of Ethiopian medals at Athens were won by women.

By | Notebook, Olympics, Sport | Thursday, 26 July 2012 at 12:00 am

Pregnancy: The leading cause of death for teenage girls in the developing world, Health

Pregnancy: The leading cause of death for teenage girls in the developing world

The family planning world is meeting in London this week to make one straightforward request – give 120 million women in the world’s poorest countries access to contraception. Their reasoning is basic: ‘It’s mortality, stupid’.

By | Health, Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 10 July 2012 at 2:00 am

Should forcing a child into marriage be a criminal offence?, Notebook

Should forcing a child into marriage be a criminal offence?

From Bolton to Bangladesh, prevention rather than prosecution is the best strategy for a child – though sometimes the stick of the criminal law is needed to reinforce the carrot of persuasion.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 8 June 2012 at 4:00 am

Seven billion people… and counting, Notebook

Seven billion people… and counting

So, as the seventh billion person enters the world, a landmark predicted this Halloween, where does this leave the global family?

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 25 October 2011 at 1:35 pm

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