Dilys Cossey
reproductive and sexual health and rights campaigner; retired parliamentary lobbyist; honorary fellow, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Dilys Cossey was the secretary for the Abortion Law Reform Association (1964-68) and a member of the team reforming the abortion law. From 1970-74 she was the general secretary for the Birth Control Campaign and ran the successful parliamentary campaign for wider voluntary vasectomy and free NHS contraception. Subsequently, Dilys worked with the Birth Control Trust and was the founder and administrator/researcher for the UK Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health. She was the manager of the IPPF European Network’s Parliamentarians’ Project from 1995-2000 and established the European Parliamentary Forum on Sexual and Reproductive Rights.

Dilys’ voluntary appointments include the chair of the FPA (1987-1993), Brook (1995-2000), Population Concern/Interact Worldwide (2001-2004), a board member of Ipas, US NGO, women’s reproductive health (1997-2003).

Dilys was awarded an OBE in 1994 and was made an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists faculty of sexual and reproductive healthcare in 2000.


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