The Woman Who Saved the Children - Talk by author Clare Mulley
Saturday 23 September 2023
14:00 to 16:00
100 years ago, Eglantyne Jebb was arrested in Trafalgar Square for distributing humanitarian leaflets. It was 1919 and few in London were sympathetic to a woman hoping to help the children of Britain’s former enemies. Nevertheless, within weeks the audacious Jebb secured the first donation to her ‘Save the Children’ fund from the public prosecutor at her trial. Five years later, she drafted the pioneering statement of children’s human rights that has since evolved into the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most universally accepted human rights instrument in history. Yet she was never particularly fond of individual children, ‘the little wretches’ as she once called them. Eglantyne’s inspirational story speaks of the power of passion, compassion and pioneering leadership in the face of national opposition.
Come along and hear this fascinating talk by author Clare Mulley.
RAF Biggin Hill Museum & Chapel
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