End Sexual Violence in Conflict: Global Summit

News - 9 June, 2014

The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict takes place this week in London. Foreign Secretary, William Hague, and Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, will be cochairing the summit which will be the largest gathering to take place on this issue, looking to build a practical path forward […]

FCO Human Rights report

News - 13 May, 2014

Last month the Foreign Secretary launched the 2013 Human Rights report, which set out the steps taken by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office last year to promote and protect human rights. The FCO Human Rights report provides an overview of its activity in 2013, along with its diplomatic network, to defend human rights and promote […]

International Women’s Day: inspiring change

News - 7 March, 2014

8 March, International Women’s Day Beginning in the early 20th century, International Women’s Day (IWD) represents and celebrates women’s achievements across the ages and highlights the problems that women around the world are currently facing. The new millennium brought significant change, both legislative and societal, for women with greater rights, equality and emancipation. However, such […]

The G8 makes landmark declaration on preventing sexual violence

News - 19 April, 2013

On 11 April 2013, UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague launched the G8 Declaration on Preventing Sexual Violence, alongside Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura. Mr Hague was also joined by Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie, and G8 Foreign Ministers. Collectively, the […]

International Women’s Day: our support, past and present

News - 8 March, 2013

We are proud to support International Women’s Day (IWD) today, a celebration of the political, economic and social achievements of women across the globe since 1909, and a chance to look to the challenges that remain. Originating within an era dominated by demands for better pay, better working conditions, and the right to vote, IWD […]

Human Rights Day: advancing the human rights agenda

News - 13 December, 2012

Since 1950, two years after the adoption by the UN’s General Assembly of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 10 December has been celebrated annually as International Human Rights Day. Over the past year, we have played a key role in developing dialogues on a range of human rights issues, in line with the UK’s […]

UN General Assembly – UK Foreign Secretary calls for action against sexual violence

News - 3 October, 2012

Hosting a high level event, the UK Foreign Secretary delivered a powerful speech stressing the “urgent priority for the international community” to ensure the prevention and prosecution of sexual and gender based crimes in conflict. Preventing sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict situations Monday 12 – Wednesday 14 November 2012 (WP1199) At the UN General […]

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