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The Honourable Rosamond Mary Monckton, married name Rosamond Mary Lawson, (born 26 October 1953 in Westminster, London) is an English business woman and charity campaigner, usually known as Rosa Monckton.
In 2017, she wrote a controversial piece for the Spectator arguing for learning-disabled people to be able to work for less pay than minimum wage, citing 1.3 million unemployed people of 1.4 million people with learning disabilities in the UK. This article was criticised by members of the disability rights movement.
Monckton is the daughter of Marianna Laetitia Bower and Gilbert Monckton, 2nd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley and was educated at the Ursuline Convent at Tildonk in Belgium. She is married to the journalist Dominic Lawson. They have two daughters, Domenica and Savannah. Domenica Lawson has Down's syndrome and her godmother was Diana, Princess of Wales.
- The Honourable Timothy David Robert Monckton (born 15 August 1955)
- The Honourable Jonathan Riversdale St. Quintin Monckton (born 15 August 1955)
- The Honourable Anthony Leopold Colyer Monckton (born 1960)
Rosa Lawson is a fundraiser and supports several charities relating to children and Down's syndrome. The charities include:
- The Acorns Children's Hospice for the care of life limited children in the heart of England
- Downside Up a Down's syndrome charity in Russia
- The Down's Syndrome Educational Trust based in Portsmouth, England which through research provides education, information and training to promote the development of children with Down's syndrome
- Kids (charity), a disabled children's charity based in England. KIDS helps in developing and improving the lives of disabled children
- The Bulgarian Abandoned Children's Trust, a British charity dedicated to helping disabled and disadvantaged children in Bulgaria and campaigning for an end to the use of institutional care
- 'MONCKTON, Hon. Rosa(mond) Mary, (Hon. Mrs Dominic Lawson)', in Who's Who 2011 (A. & C. Black, 2011)
- Daily Telegraph: A helping hand for struggling parents. - Interview from 28 September 1999
- Daily Telegraph: I will talk of my daughter in English, not Newspeak - Interview from 16 May 2004
- Daily Mail: My Down's daughter keeps our family together. - Interview from 4 November 2005
- Daily Mail: My Down's daughter changed my life - 14 November 2007
- TBACT - The Bulgarian Abandoned Children's Trust