Glamour and the British Embassy came together last night to host a dinner conversation with the Baroness Patricia Scotland. Baroness Scotland was the first black woman and, at the age of 35, the youngest woman ever to be appointed Queen's Counsel in the United Kingdom.
While her professional achievements are numerous (the Baroness was the only female ever to serve as Attorney General of the UK in the position's 700 year history), it is her commitment to ending violence against women that is so inspiring. During her time in government, the Baroness led reforms that resulted in a 64 percent drop in domestic violence incidences in the UK.
We had a lively and optimistic discussion on what more can be done to stem gender-based violence around the world. In the United States, 1 in 3 women experience some kind of physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. Jennifer Klein, Hillary Clinton's long serving advisor was on hand to give her perspective as was Pamela Reeves, Melinda Gates' policy advisor.
Through the work of the Baroness and her charity, Eliminate Domestic Violence Global Foundation, she says, "There is no doubt in my mind that we can, if we choose, eliminate domestic violence from our world. The question is, do we choose to?"
Particularly inspiring, was hearing from a dinner guest, Taiba Razwan, the 22-year-old leader of EDV's Youth Council. Taiba was very excited to visit the US for the first time on her trip with the Baroness and is looking forward to visiting Glamour HQ later today.
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