"As the founder of Safe World for Women, I am committed to bringing together women and men who share our vision for a safer and more humane world.
We need to start by protecting the most vulnerable. Women and children still make up most of the world's poor, most victims of war, most refugees, and are bought and sold much more often than men. I truly believe that no-one is free until women are respected, and a Safe World for Women is a safe world for all.
In the summer of 2009, I visited women's groups in the Middle East and rural Uganda, with my husband Andrew. I returned home feeling blessed that we live in a peaceful, lush part of the world and also inspired by the strength of human spirit when faced with unimaginable challenges.
My dim distant past seems like a lifetime ago. But my expreiences range from being head keeper at a wild-life park, book cover artist, lifestyle columnist for national and local journals, running a gardening business, studying biology, natural nutrition, homeopathy and Tibetan psycotherapy, coordinating workshops and retreats ... to bringing up two children in the wilds of Ireland and Cornwall with a simple lifestyle, following natural nurturing' principles."
For as long as I can remember, I've been passionate about the environment and sustainability. It feels like a natural progression to be promoting women's voices from the grassroots.