Tag: Women

13th January 2017 Colombo, Sri Lanka

Laura Davies

by Laura Davies

Deputy High Commissioner to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

Balancing the scales in the work place

A cross section of staff from the High Commission lighting the traditional oil lamp during New Year celebrations. The inaugural International ‘Parity at Work Day’ was celebrated on Wednesday in London.  This new International Day champions workplace diversity, and recognises the importance that everyone – regardless of age, gender or sexual orientation – is given […]

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30th March 2016 Beijing, China

Karen Maddocks

by Karen Maddocks

First Secretary and Head of the Beijing Science and Innovation Network

Women in Science – so what?

The British Embassy’s Be Y♀urself campaign has been running throughout the month of March, recognising the achievements of women in society and in the economy. So it makes sense to reflect on the contribution of women to science in China. Here in the Science and Innovation Team in Beijing, we rub shoulders with successful women […]

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17th December 2015 New Delhi, India

Rita Sharma

by Rita Sharma

Head of Newton Fund in India

UK India Science and Innovation relationship soars to new heights!

Within a span of a few weeks UK and India relations in Science and Innovation received a new impetus by a number of high profile visits! In mid-November, Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the UK during which he, along with Prime Minister David Cameron announced a number of joint research and innovation initiatives that address […]

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25th November 2015

Nigel Baker

by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

Hope and determination in eliminating violence against women

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Between now and 10 December, Human Rights Day, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office – led by the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict, Baroness Anelay – will be focusing on our work to prevent sexual violence against women. […]

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3rd November 2015 Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Women of the Future – Week of Women Summit 2015

Ms Stephanie Koh, a Shell Engineer, was selected to represent Brunei as a future woman leader to attend the Week of Women Summit in London 2015.  Read her guest blog about her experience at the week long Summit.  I am very privileged to have been nominated by Brunei Shell Petroleum Co. and selected by the […]

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21st October 2015 Vienna, Austria

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

Ambassador and Head of UK Delegation to the OSCE, Vienna

Two Hundred Years in Search of a Cup of Tea: Diplomacy 1815-2015

Each week I take the UK seat at the OSCE Permanent Council in the Hofburg, imposing former Hapsburg imperial seat, where I recently read, the 1815 Congress of Vienna ‘danced the night away, 200 years ago, shaping post-Napoleonic Europe almost as an afterthought’. History records an impressive social whirl around the lengthy negotiations. 201 years […]

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9th October 2015

Nigel Baker

by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

Women, peace and security: a high priority

On 13 October there will be a High Level Review at the United Nations to commemorate 15 years since the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. This was a ground breaking resolution that recognised not only the inordinate impact of war on women and girls, but also the pivotal role women should and do […]

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14th June 2015 Geneva, Switzerland

Bob Last

by Bob Last

Deputy Head, UK Mission Political Team

Bursting the Bubble

It feels like we’ve hardly been away. I’m starting to suspect that someone has airbrushed April and May from the global calendar. The only clue that the months have been and gone is our hedge growing high enough to receive a letter from the estate agent ordering us to cut it by 10 centimetres and […]

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13th April 2015

Nigel Baker

by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

Nuns, the Church and Society

Stereotypical images tend to come to mind, at least the non-Catholic British mind, when we think of nuns. We think of Julie Andrews and The Sound of Music. Perhaps Sister Wendy Beckett delivering art lectures. We might just stretch to Mother Teresa in the slums of Calcutta. Like most stereotypes, such images are both unhelpful […]

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30th March 2015 Geneva, Switzerland

Bob Last

by Bob Last

Deputy Head, UK Mission Political Team

Sad Farewells

Council sessions take a heavy toll on all things that are close to us. Our partners, our children and our pets all suffer from weeks of neglect. So do our bags. Any object unfortunate enough to go into my rucksack during Council time will undergo a period of inanimate purgatory as draft resolutions, cereal bars, […]

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