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New documentary honours the life of Baroness Valerie Amos

HONOURED: Baroness Valerie Amos

A NEW documentary is celebrating the life and achievements of Baroness Valerie Amos CH PC , the former eighth UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, the British High Commissioner to Australia, Leader of the House of Lords and Secretary of State for International Development.

Today, Baroness Amos is the Director of ​SOAS, University of London​, and uses education as a key way to influence change in our society. “I think education is at the heart of being able to bring about change in society,” she says. “Looking back at my career, I think what I've always been interested in is: how do you tackle injustice? How do you bring about greater equality?”

The film also shows another side of the Baroness, who as a child in the 1960s moved to Kent from Ghana. “When my parents were trying to buy their first house, someone tried to get a petition up in the street ... People were amazed to see a black child. And they would touch my hair and touch my skin. I really hated that. It made me feel very different.”

Valerie’s film is now available to watch on the 1000 Londoners website, ​YouTube and ​Facebook platforms today.

Watch a preview of the documentary below:

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