Mary-Anne Stephenson

Mary-Ann Stephenson has worked as a freelance consultant since 2002. She has worked in Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, East Timor, Ethiopia, France, Iran, Israel, Kenya, Kuwait, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Spain, UK, Uganda and Zimbabwe with women politicians, business leaders, civil society activists, youth activists and journalists.

Mary-Ann is an experienced campaigner and lobbyist on women's issues. She was Director of the Fawcett Society from November 1998 until May 2002 and led Fawcett's lobbying work on equality between women and men in Westminster. In 2001 Fawcett won the Political Studies Association Award for setting the political agenda. Prior to this she was campaigns manager at Fawcett where she was responsible for establishing Fawcett's network of local campaigning groups.

She has written widely on gender equality and human rights and is a frequent speaker at national and international workshops, conferences and seminars. Mary-Ann has also worked at Liberty, (the National Council for Civil Liberties) and international human rights group Article 19. She is a member of the International Board of Article 19 and a Commissioner on the Women's National Commission.Mary-Ann is an experienced campaigner and lobbyist on women's issues. She was Director of the Fawcett Society from November 1998 until May 2002 and led Fawcett's lobbying work on equality between women and men in Westminster. In 2001 Fawcett won the Political Studies Association Award for setting the political agenda. Prior to this she was campaigns manager at Fawcett where she was responsible for establishing Fawcett's network of local campaigning groups.

  • From 1998 until 2002 Mary-Ann was a member of the Women's Budget Group management committee and advised the UK Government on the gender impact of economic policy.
  • She has written widely on gender equality and human rights and is a frequent speaker at national and international workshops, conferences and seminars.
  • Mary-Ann has also worked at Liberty, (the National Council for Civil Liberties) and international human rights group Article 19.
  • She is a member of the International Board of Article 19 and a Commissioner on the Women's National Commission.
Recent Projects
  • Training and support for women candidates in local and national elections
  • On-going support and capacity building for women once elected
  • Working with civil society organizations to build their capacity to lobby and participate in decision making
  • Training and consultancy in gender mainstreaming and gender budgeting for parliamentarians and policy makers
  • Working with women in business, voluntary sector and the media to develop strategies to overcome barriers to women's leadership
  • Voter education to encourage women's participation in elections
Recent Publications
  • Gender and democracy, what works? Strategies to increase women's representation.
  • British Council 2004
  • Reflections: Changing the face of politics.
  • British Council 2003
  • Engendering Democracy.
  • British Council 2003
Articles
  • Women’s rights at the UN The Guardian
  • With friends like Anna Zaborska The Guardian