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International Human Rights Day 2013

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On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaiming its principles as the “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.” Human Rights Day, on December 10, is an important occasion to recall  the importance of protecting human rights for all. 60 years on from the adoption of the Declaration, significant progress has been made, not least in this region, but we are daily … Read more »International Human Rights Day 2013

Breaking Gender Barriers in Aceh

A  blog about a Chevening Alumni Noor Alam Wirasendjaja Working in a non-traditional role in a patriarchal culture, Noor Alam Wirasendjaja is playing an important role in policy change and reform in the education sector in Aceh, Indonesia. As a Legal Specialist for AusAID’s Support for Education and Governance in Aceh (SEDIA) program, Noor works closely with policy makers (executives and legislative members) bringing them together for effecting policy change … Read more »Breaking Gender Barriers in Aceh

Empowering Women through Education

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The following is a guest post by Atria Rai. I owe it to the education I have attained to be where I am today in this world. If it is not because of the opportunity given to me not only by my parents but also the scholarship awarded by the British government, I doubt it I would be where I am today in the professional stature. I was a lucky … Read more »Empowering Women through Education

International Women’s Day: gender issues are a work in progress

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Guest blog by Petty Elliott, Contributor to the Miele Restaurant Guide and President of Yayasan Wisma Cheshire. UK holidays with my British husband were fun but not until I lived there for three years did I understand more about British culture. The contrast from growing up in Jakarta was huge, as our UK home was in the countryside not far from Cambridge, ancient centre of learning. Visits to my parents … Read more »International Women’s Day: gender issues are a work in progress

When You Know Better, You Do Better

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My postgraduate education in Britain and eventually my work at a British company have allowed me to experience a culture that is gender equality orientated. At the university, men and women engage in intelligible conversations all the time. At work, men and women have equal opportunity to excel as it is part of the corporate culture that progression is based on merit and creativity, not structures of patriarchy or fraternity. … Read more »When You Know Better, You Do Better

A modern progressive world needs equality: the power of education in empowering women

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The following is a guest post by Rebecca Razavi Deputy Ambassador – British Embassy Jakarta One of my greatest impressions from two years working in Indonesia has been the remarkable role that women have and are playing in Indonesia’s transformation. Be that in terms of driving growth in the private sector and playing an influential and progressive role in government, such as Surabaya Mayor, Tri Rismaharini winner of the GlobeAsia Women … Read more »A modern progressive world needs equality: the power of education in empowering women

A New Secretary-General for ASEAN

Yesterday Le Loung Minh officially took over the reins as Secretary-General of ASEAN from Surin Pitsuwan. I was at the ASEAN Secretariat to witness the ceremony. Dr Surin has been a dynamic presence on the world stage over the last five years. He can take huge credit for raising ASEAN’s international profile. He has helped to steer ASEAN through important steps in its development, including implementation of the ASEAN Charter … Read more »A New Secretary-General for ASEAN

International Human Rights Day

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International Human Rights Day is the day when all around the world we celebrate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights(UDHR) in 1948- and, to quote the UN Secretary General “acknowledge its enduring relevance for our own times”. It is a day to be proud that the world has such brave and deeply committed champions Human Rights champions. But also one to reflect upon why more than 60 years … Read more »International Human Rights Day

You can run but you can’t hide

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25 November marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against women. The UK has launched a 16-day long campaign to raise domestic and international awareness to encourage the international community to reinforce messages on elimination against gender violence. British Embassy Spokesperson Faye Belnis shares her views about the importance of this particular campaign for women particularly in Indonesia. 25 November marks the International Day for the Elimination of … Read more »You can run but you can’t hide

Indonesia and ASEAN

With the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit underway in Cambodia, this is a good time to reflect on Indonesia’s role regionally. One of the many good things about returning to Jakarta for a second time has been to see the way this country is steadily raising its regional and international profile. During President Suharto’s three decades of rule, Indonesia played a prominent, indeed leading, role regionally. But the … Read more »Indonesia and ASEAN