Tag: Women

8th March 2017 Beirut, Lebanon

Hugo Shorter

by Hugo Shorter

British Ambassador to Lebanon

#IWD2017: Give women the chance to succeed

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Lebanon is a beautiful country. Its young people are some of the most talented in the world; its workforce one of the best educated; its businessmen amongst the most savvy and its artists among the most creative. But there is something else I need to say […]

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7th March 2017 Delhi, India

Jane Urquhart and Leena Kukreja

Women in STEM: closing the gender gap

Growing up in Australia, like all kids, I was curious and inquisitive about the ‘science’ behind things. Encouraged by a school teacher mother and an engineer father, I coveted a plastic microscope and a chemistry set. But, like many other kids, I lost confidence in my abilities in science and maths. Growing up in India, […]

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6th March 2017 Holy See

Sally Axworthy

by Sally Axworthy

Ambassador to the Holy See

International Women’s Day: Sisters are Doing it for Themselves

We usually think of the Catholic Church as a male-dominated organisation because priests staff the hierarchy. But, as I have been discovering in my first six months in Rome, women play an important role in the Church. Indeed there are nearly twice as many religious sisters (800,000) as there are Catholic priests (around 400,000) – […]

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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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