“I wish Ring the Bell all the very best in this worthwhile, critical endeavour. Here at Comic Relief we make a promise to contribute to a transformation in the status and lives of women and girls in Africa and the UK so that they can realise their rights and full potential, and become equal and respected members of families, communities and society. We know that domestic violence is a critical issue across Africa, leading to more deaths and disability among women aged 15-44 than malaria, war, traffic accidents and cancer. This is unacceptable.
We promise to help women and girls get their rights recognised and support them to reach their full potential. We will do this by funding organisations which understand and address the rights of women and girls, and tackle the violence, abuse and harmful traditional practices against women. We promise to continue supporting women and girls to drive this work and represent their own interests. To address gender inequalities, we work with both women and girls and men and boys at all levels, to bring about positive changes in families and communities, and ultimately, in society, to help break the cycle of poverty, exploitation and abuse.
Once again, Comic Relief wishes the Ring The Bell all the best on International Women’s Day.”
More about Kevin:
Kevin joined Comic Relief as Director of Education and Information in February 1991 to set up a new department. In June 1992 he became Director of Communications adding fundraising to his responsibilities and, in October the following year, he became Deputy Director (Creative) taking on the creative brief across the whole organisation, including education work, TV, publicity/PR and press and media. In July 1997 he was appointed Chief Executive. He had the idea to do Sport Relief and has seen it grow in strength since 2002. He played a key role in the Make Poverty History and Live 8 campaigns and is President of the Charity Projects Entertainment Fund (CPEF), a US Charity set up by Comic Relief in 2007. In 2007 Kevin was awarded a CBE for services to charity.
From 1982-1991 Kevin was Head of Education at the Royal National Theatre. He set up a new department under Peter Hall to work on programmes that explained the process of theatre, and particularly the repertoire of the National, to its audience, schools and the general public. Work included the production of eight mobile tours, the Lloyds Bank Theatre Challenge, W H Smith Interact Scheme, and the National Theatre Summer Acting Programme. Between 1989 and 1992 he was a Member of the Council of the Drama Centre. He was chair of the Gate Theatre for many years and has been a Board member at the Young Vic. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Nottingham Trent University in 2008.
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