Baroness Shreela Flather becomes a Patron of Population Matters
November 17th 2011
Baroness Shreela Flather has accepted the invitation of Population Matters to become its latest patron. The Baroness follows Lionel Shriver, Chris Packham and Sir David Attenborough in supporting the work of Population Matters, Britain’s leading charity campaigning for a sustainable global population.
Baroness Shreela Flather is a cross bench member of the House of Lords and is notable as its first Asian woman member. She has served as Deputy Mayor and as Mayor for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and was chosen as Asian Who’s Who Asian of the Year 1996. More recently she has written ‘Women: Acceptable Exploitation for Profit’ in which she argues that women must be central to every initiative, business project and political goal rather than being merely after-thoughts or decoration. She is a Board member and Trustee of Marie Stopes International.
The Baroness said in accepting the position “With the global population reaching the milestone of seven billion, population size is starting to get the attention it deserves. I endorse the work of Population Matters in raising the role of population in the environmental and sustainability challenges humanity faces. One of the most effective contributions to solving these problems would be to enable women worldwide to decide their own family size and timing through funding universal access to family planning and through enabling them to exercise their social and economic rights.”
Population Matters Chair Roger Martin said: “We are delighted to welcome Baroness Flather. She is one of the few politicians who see clearly the three-way connection between population stabilisation as an essential condition of environmental sustainability, and the crucial role of empowering women. She speaks for many environmentalists, and very many women, both in the UK and the Asian sub-continent”.