Tag: PSVI

23rd September 2019 Geneva, Switzerland

Bob Last

by Bob Last

Deputy Head, UK Mission Political Team

Badly Opened Boxes

There are different ways to open boxes of breakfast cereal. When my wife does it, the box looks like it’s been magically opened by a graceful spell – the packaging remains in pristine condition and the re-sealable cardboard tag slides effortlessly into its allotted place. Whenever I do it, it looks like a pack of […]

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8th December 2015 Melbourne, Australia

Chris Holtby

by Chris Holtby

Consul-General Melbourne

Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict – sharing experience with our Northern Allies

Estonian Armed Forces get the job done with minimal fuss and I love that. Not my words, but those of Prince Harry when in Estonia last year, certainly another big fan of the Estonian military, having worked alongside them in Afghanistan. His assessment of their service in Afghanistan would no doubt be shared by the […]

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24th November 2015 Havana, Cuba

Tim Cole

by Tim Cole

Former British Ambassador to Cuba

Violence Against Women – It’s Your Responsibility

To all the men out there, this blog is for you. Please don’t close the window, tab or page. Don’t look away. Keep reading and click on the links. This isn’t a women’s issue, it’s a men’s issue. You need to understand it. And then do something about it. Violence against women is horrible, brutal, […]

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19th June 2015 London, UK

Daniel Pruce

by Daniel Pruce

British Ambassador to the Philippines and to Palau

“The girls were shared out among the men, we were not free,” says sexual assault survivor

Florence Ayot was kidnapped by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda when she was nine years old. “I was given to a Major and forced to be his slave. If I didn’t do what they ordered, they beat me,” says Florence in the documentary The War Against Women. “The most painful thing was that the girls […]

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8th March 2015 London, UK

Philip Parham

by Philip Parham

UK Commonwealth Envoy, former British Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates

Guest blog: Muna Harib AlMuhairi – International Women’s Day

20 years ago, the fourth “World Conference on Women” met in Beijing from 4-15 September 1995. The conference launched a historical document to promote and protect women’s rights around the world: The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The declaration stated that all participating governments would work to advance the goals of equality, development and […]

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25th November 2014 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Former Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

What makes a man: why sexism is a men’s issue

I wanted to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women by partnering with others who feel as strongly. The reaction was so positive that I’ve ended up with two blogs and a campaign. Kofi Annnan described violence against women as a pandemic. Globally, one in three women will have experienced some […]

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25th November 2014 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Former Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Eliminating Violence Against Women: Two women take stock

Kofi Annnan described violence against women as a pandemic. Globally, one in three women will have experienced some form of violence. In some countries, that increases to 70%. Problems in both the UK and Sri Lanka are well documented – violence against women isn’t an issue of geography, culture or wealth. To mark the International […]

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23rd November 2014 Chennai, India

Bharat Joshi

by Bharat Joshi

British Deputy High Commissioner, Chennai

Why I’ll be wearing orange on 25 November

I’ve spent most of my career working on Africa and its issues. It’s a beautiful, resilient, inspiring continent. The people are simply extraordinary. But I’ve also seen first-hand the prevalence of violence against women there. That’s true in conflict – in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and most recently as Ambassador to the Central […]

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16th June 2014 Geneva, Switzerland

Bob Last

by Bob Last

Deputy Head, UK Mission Political Team

Bursting at the Seams

The Human Rights Council is getting too big for its trousers. I know how this feels as I have had to buy a new more spacious suit recently. June sessions used to start slowly, simmer in the second week and come nicely to the boil in week three. But this year week one has begun […]

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12th June 2014

Greg Dorey

by Greg Dorey

Diplomat

Ending Sexual Violence as a Tool of War

Sexual violence committed in war zones has been not only an abomination against humanity but a growing problem. Long seen as an inevitable consequence of a breakdown of law and order and often regarded as a ‘lesser crime’, it is increasingly being used as a means of war to humiliate and devastate communities belonging to the […]

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