Foreign Secretary William Hague & UK Ambassador Peter Westmacott with Twitter’s @Gov Team
While in Washington on an official visit, Foreign Secretary William Hague stopped by the Twitter DC offices. While there he hosted a live Twitter Q&A answering foreign policy questions from the public. Twitter users submitted questions using the hashtag #AskFS. The Foreign Secretary also took time to chat with the Twitter @Gov team about digital diplomacy and digital government efforts.
Read this joint op-ed by Foreign Secretary William Hague & US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Imagine that you’re caught in the cross-hairs of a civil war. Your family has been ripped apart, your home destroyed, your life forever changed. For many women in the world today, these horrors are only the beginning.
For too long, in too many places, sexual violence has been used as a weapon of war and intimidation. We see it in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where countless women have been subjected to targeted, grotesque violence. We see it especially in Goma, where one of us met in a hospital with young women so damaged by rape that they required surgery. And we see it in Syria today, where rape is being used as a tool of oppression.
So is this personal to us? You bet. But these stories should offend every reasonable conscience. Preventing sexual violence in conflict isn’t about politics. It’s about our common humanity, and we all need to be united in action against it.
That’s why the United Kingdom and the United States are working together to protect and empower vulnerable populations during conflict, humanitarian emergencies and peacetime.
Source: The Huffington Post
Foreign Secretary William Hague and US Secretary of State John Kerry will host a discussion on ending and preventing sexual violence in conflict situations on 25 February at 1:45 pm EST, at the US Department of State.
Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, and Catherine Russell, US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, will also participate in the discussion.
The discussion will be moderated by Katherine Weymouth, Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of The Washington Post.
It will focus on the United States, United Nations, and United Kingdom’s joint efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence in conflict situations and ongoing efforts to protect and empower vulnerable populations during conflict and humanitarian emergencies.
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US Marine Capt. Brian Jordan was honored at the British Embassy in Washington on 12 February. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for rescuing a wounded British soldier in Afghanistan.
Capt. Brian Jordan and Lt. Col. William Chesarek (both pictured), helicopter pilots, are the only two US Marines to receive the British Distinguished Flying Cross since World War II.
(Photo via US Marine Corps by Sgt. Justin M. Boling)