A WOMEN'S rights campaigner and long serving teacher has been included in a national database for her significant contribution to national life.

Audrey Jones of Dinas Powys has been posthumously recognised for her work in Wales and the United Nations with an inclusion in the Dictionary of Welsh Biography.

It contains more than 5,000 biographies of Welsh people who have made a significant contribution to national life.

Ms Jones, who died in 2014 aged 84, took part in the 1995 United Nations World Conference for Women in Beijing, attending meetings in European cities and drafting reports which saw the establishment of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

She first made her mark as a teacher a St Cyres Comprehensive School in Penarth where she taught for 30 years eventually becoming deputy head teacher.

She championed girls' education and encouraged them to study science and maths.

A founder member of Wales Assembly of Women (WAW), she regularly represented WAW at annual New York sessions to review progress on Beijing until a couple of years before her death.

WAW became accredited to the UN Economic and Social Council in 2000, when Ms Jones hand-delivered the application in New York.

When she died, tributes included one from her former student and Paralympic athlete Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who said she was "an amazing teacher" and an influence on her life.

Ms Jones was one of only 60 leading feminists chosen from the whole of the UK for interview for the British Library archive Sisterhood and After: The Women’s Liberation Oral History Project that documented memories of activists at the forefront of the fight for political and social equality in the 1970s and 1980s.

She was a founder member of Women’s Archive of Wales, the body committed to raising the profile of women in Welsh history and she linked WAW with the Women’s Arts Association, and became chairwoman for several years.

Ms Jones came to live in Wales in the 1950s when her late husband Hugh Jones took over transport logistics for international chemical company Dow Corning and the family settled in Dinas Powys.

She campaigned to persuade the new national assembly to commit to equal opportunity as devolution approached.

Ms Jones was taken ill when returning from a London meeting preparing for an international conference of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and died later that year.

She was buried in the Cardiff Natural Burial Ground in St Nicholas and left behind her only son, Robert Jones.

Professor Jackie Jones, chairwoman of WAW, said: "Audrey was a courageous and committed campaigner and a long-term contributor to UN debates on women's rights.

"In those early days, she was a real pioneer and travelled the world to champion the cause of women.

"Being included in the DWB is a fitting tribute to all she achieved.’

The entry on Audrey for the Dictionary of Welsh Biography was written by Dr Jean Silvan Evans who said: "Audrey spent time and energy fighting for the rights of women not only in Wales but across the world.

"It was a privilege to be able to record her life and work for this important national database, where it will continue to inspire other women."

Last year WAW established the Audrey Jones Memorial Awards for research by women in her honour.

This year’s awards will be presented at WAW’s annual conference on Saturday March 11 10am-3.30pm.

It will be held at Cardiff University School of Social Sciences in the Glamorgan Building, Cathays Park in Cardiff.

The cost is £12 which includes lunch.