Sarah Dickson » Ambassador to Guatemala and Honduras

The dream of achieving a world free of discrimination

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To mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia Ambassador Dickson asked Jorge López Sologaistoa, Executive Director of OASIS to comment on the situation in Guatemala. You can also learn more about this issue here http://dayagainsthomophobia.org/ – also available in Spanish: http://dayagainsthomophobia.org/es/ . “In a very strict sense, homophobia is understood as an obsessive distaste towards homosexuals…” This was the response of my friend Maria Olga to the first … Read more »The dream of achieving a world free of discrimination

Gender Equality, there is still much more to be done…

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To commemorate International Women’s Day I have invited Rita Grajeda, Human Rights Officer, and Sara Del Cid, Security and Justice Officer, to share some thoughts about the work the Embassy is doing in Guatemala to promote gender equality. Over to you Sara and Rita… To be able to work for gender equality it is necessary to be clear where we are today and what remains to be done. According to … Read more »Gender Equality, there is still much more to be done…

Get on the bus for British Week Guatemala 2015

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The British Week that we hold in Guatemala has always been our way of showing the best of our nation. The hardest part is narrowing down the possibilities of what we could do to just a week’s worth of activity. That means that we hold a real variety of events crossing cultural, political and economic lines. Some are open to all the public while some are limited to invitations. All … Read more »Get on the bus for British Week Guatemala 2015

Speaking your language, and yours’, and yours’………. Do you want to speak mine?

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As Brits we often get away with just speaking English. So I never thought I would have to speak more than 20 languages in order to be understood. Especially not when all those languages occur in just one country. In the next few weeks I will be participating in events in Panajachel  which will bring together community leaders to discuss the role of women in the upcoming elections. Given the … Read more »Speaking your language, and yours’, and yours’………. Do you want to speak mine?

Opening up to economic development

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The UK’s 2010 Bribery Act is in some ways a daunting piece of legislation. It obliges us all to think about how we operate. It set a legal framework in which we make those judgements. It goes to the heart of ethical and responsible practices. So spending 5 days talking about it with experts in Guatemala and Honduras has been a time to reflect on why anti-corruption laws matter. I … Read more »Opening up to economic development

Charities for British Week

British Week 2015 seems like a long time away but traditionally we always close it with a charity ball. But what is a charity ball without the charities? So the time has come to bid for the money that we hope the ball will make. Usually in the region of over $10,000. Last year’s winners blog is here. Please submit a 1 page document explaining what your organisation does and … Read more »Charities for British Week

Joining forces for Human Rights

We have been preparing to celebrate Human Rights Day on 10th December. And for that, we have invited different organizations to participate with us in this celebration, sharing their vision and work for the rights of Guatemalans and Hondurans. It has been inspiring to read the different inputs from so many people. From a journalist in Europe talking about the situation of Freedom of Expression in Honduras, to Guatemala’s private … Read more »Joining forces for Human Rights

World Anti-Corruption Day

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The 9 December is World Anti-Corruption Day. Corruption is a complex social, political and economic phenomenon that affects all countries. It undermines democratic institutions, slows economic development and contributes to governmental instability. A couple of weeks ago Transparency International published its latest Corruptions Perceptions Index which measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption worldwide. The scores range from 100 (very clean) to 0 (very corrupt). Honduras scored 29 and … Read more »World Anti-Corruption Day

Speaking can break silence, but actions can transform reality

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To commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women I would like to share some information about the project ‘Never Again’. We are developing this project together with the National Union of Guatemalan Women (UNAMG) and Artistas Trabajando with the aim of preventing sexual violence in conflict. Today, we have a guest blogger, Margarita Lopez, who is coordinating the project: ‘Never Again’ is a project that seeks … Read more »Speaking can break silence, but actions can transform reality

Kicking violence into touch

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Anyone who saw the Honduran U23 national team playing in the London Olympics in 2012 will know how passionate Hondurans are about football. Especially if you were at St James Park to see the victory against Spain and heard the cheering this provoked. Well, last week we weren’t in one of the glorious stadiums of professional football, but in the alleys of Tegucigalpa playing street football. This version of the … Read more »Kicking violence into touch