Judith Macgregor » British High Commissioner to South Africa

Supporting Women of the future

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Supporting women’s progression both in the Diplomatic Service and outside has long been a passion of mine. A flying visit to the UK last week with South African Ministers allowed me to do both – and with really satisfying results. The project began with an invitation to select some young South African businesswomen for the Wilton Park Conference on 29-31 October on “three extraordinary Women-led businesses: building a strong and … Read more »Supporting Women of the future

Tackling Global Inequalities

Today has been labelled ‘Blog Action Day: Let’s Talk About Inequality.’ To mark this occasion I wanted to share some thoughts on what the UK is doing to promote women’s rights and to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights.   The promotion and protection of women’s rights is more than a moral obligation.  It is enshrined and advanced in international human rights law.  It is essential for stable … Read more »Tackling Global Inequalities

100 days to go to the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

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Guest Blogger Deputy High Commissioner Martin Reynolds: Today is the last major milestone to the opening of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games on 23 July 2014.  Its only 100 days to go before Scotland opens its arms to the Commonwealth with the start of one of the most impressive sporting festivals in the world.  By that time, the Queen’s baton will have travelled across the world, through 71 nations and territories … Read more »100 days to go to the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games

Marking South Africa’s Human Rights Day

Friday 21 March is South Africa’s Human Rights day. It commemorates the Sharpeville massacre on 21 March 1960, when 69 people died and 180 were wounded after the police fired on a peaceful crowd that had gathered to protest against the restrictive pass laws imposed on non-white citizens. The protest was a stand by ordinary people, rising in unison to demand their rights. It is recognised as one of the … Read more »Marking South Africa’s Human Rights Day

The Queen’s baton relay in Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa – In a week!

South Africa is never dull but this last week and the week to follow will test both the physical and mental stamina of the UK Family here. We kicked off on Wednesday with a youth engagement event at the High Commission to encourage support and interest in next week’s International Conference in London against Illegal Wild Life Trading. As the home of the world’s largest numbers of Black Rhinos and … Read more »The Queen’s baton relay in Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa – In a week!

Challenges & Opportunities in Nuevo Leon

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Guest blog, Oonagh Lewis, 3rd Secretary Chancery at the British Embassy, Mexico City. Some days ago, I visited Monterrey with another colleague from the Embassy.  It was a visit of two parts – the first to visit a human rights project that the British Embassy is funding this year and the second to promote the UK Government’s Chevening Scholarships. We visited the NGO, Ciudadanos en Apoyo de Derechos Humanos (CADHAC), an … Read more »Challenges & Opportunities in Nuevo Leon

James Bond y la creatividad británica

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Guest Blog José Luis Rodríguez, Head of UKTI Mexico, Creative Industries Este 2012 ha sido un año muy especial para el Reino Unido. Además de haber sido anfitriones de los Juegos Olímpicos y Paralímpicos, celebramos una serie de acontecimientos muy significativos para la cultura británica. Entre ellos, el 50° aniversario de la primera película de James Bond: “Dr. No” y, ahora, el lanzamiento de la nueva cinta del 007, “Skyfall”, … Read more »James Bond y la creatividad británica

GREAT business en Monterrey

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Guest blog: Sarah Hildersley, British Consul y Director de UK Trade & Investment en Monterrey “Desde que llegué a Monterrey, a principios de febrero de este año, he tenido la oportunidad de conocer a representantes de algunas de las empresas más importantes de México. El trabajo de UK Trade & Investment es identificar oportunidades de negocios para compañías británicas y mexicanas y, en el caso de Monterrey, mi objetivo son los sectores … Read more »GREAT business en Monterrey

Shakespeare en el Zócalo

Hace unos días tuve la oportunidad de disfrutar una obra de William Shakespeare en pleno Zócalo de la Ciudad de México. “La Corrala del Mitote”, un teatro itinerante construido de manera muy similar al Globe Theatre de Londres, es el escenario donde la Compañía Nacional de Teatro de México presenta hasta el 29 de abril Enrique IV Primera Parte. Una vez terminada la temporada de Enrique IV en el Zócalo, tendremos … Read more »Shakespeare en el Zócalo

En la recta final

Estamos a sólo 100 días de que comiencen los Juegos Olímpicos de Londres 2012. Disfrutaremos de un evento sin antecedentes, que dará grandes muestras de innovación y sustentabilidad y que dejará un importante legado a las generaciones futuras.