International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

News - 25 March, 2015

Today marks the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, a United Nations sponsored awareness day that offers the opportunity to honour those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slave trade. The International Day also aims at raising awareness about the dangers of racism […]

International Women’s Day 2015

News - 8 March, 2015

Despite originating in the early 20th century, the issues surrounding the conception of International Women’s Day (IWD) continue to face women around the world today. Current demands for equal payment, better working conditions, and reproductive rights are signs of women’s continuing struggle against gender discrimination. While some of the issues that dominated the international suffrage […]

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

News - 6 February, 2015

Since 2013, the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on the 6th February has been a United Nations sponsored awareness day to promote the eradication of FGM, drawing the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, opinion leaders and local authorities to need to protect the human rights of girls […]

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

News - 25 November, 2014

In recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we look back on our recent contributions to the promotion of the human rights of women and girls, and considers what more can be done to help end gender-based violence. Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women […]

The history of Wilton Park and the Human Rights Council

News - 9 September, 2014

The Human Rights Council (HRC) is currently holding its twenty-seventh regular session, which runs from 8 to 26 September 2014. Our meetings have contributed towards the creation of the HRC, and we continue to hold regular discussions on topical human rights issues. In February 2004 we held an informal meeting on Addressing contemporary security threats: […]

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 […]

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 […]

Advancing women’s participation in peacebuilding: what are the next steps in implementation?

News - 27 March, 2013

UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, and the UN’s recent 7-point action plan on Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding, provide a strong policy framework. To what extent has policy translated into concrete action?   Women in peacebuilding Monday 18 – Wednesday 20 March 2013 (WP1191) Policy makers and practitioners from around the […]

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 […]