UK Newsletter March 2018

Commonwealth Day 2018

On Monday 12th March, Commonwealth Day saw an enthusiastic and widespread celebration with RCS branch events held across the Commonwealth and beyond. In a rather wet Westminster a none-the-less joyful, inter-faith celebration was held at Westminster Abbey, attended by HM the Queen, members of the Royal Family, dignitaries, politicians and over 700 school children – a total of 2,000 participants. View some photos of the day.

Showcase Your Commonwealth Day

Commonwealth Day this year was an enjoyable and widespread celebration, with considerable social media coverage. Thank you to those who have sent in photographs and summaries of their events which can be seen on the website. If you would like your Commonwealth Day celebrations featured in the April issue of Commonwealth Voices magazine, do send us your high resolution photo files by return.

Kenyan activists take legal action for LGBT justice

The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK) are currently pursuing a groundbreaking court case for the decriminalisation of consensual same-sex sexual activity in Kenya. In this Commonwealth Voices blog, Jonah Chinga – Assistant Executive Officer of GALCK – explains why his organisation have chosen this route as a means to achieve equality for Kenyan LGBT citizens.

Commonwealth Big Lunches

In partnership with CHOGM and on behalf of the Eden project we invite you to host a Commonwealth Big Lunch– a celebration of what we have in common, during the six weeks before 22 April, the end of CHOGM week. Your events will be showcased by the RCS and promoted on the CHOGM website. A number were held during Commonwealth week, including one hosted by the Secretariat at Marlborough House.

RCS 150 Fellows

In this, our 150th year, we invite you to become an RCS 150 Fellow, thereby helping us to continue our work of improving the lives and prospects of Commonwealth citizens around the world while promoting the values that define the Commonwealth. 150 Fellows receive an invitation to a prestigious celebration, a commemorative gift, books and magazines throughout the year and inclusion in the RCS 150 Fellows Register.

UK-India Visa Campaign relaunched in UK Parliament

The upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting provides the perfect opportunity for the UK and India to sign a new visa deal that boosts mutual prosperity, trade, and international partnership. We reaffirmed our support for such a deal at a recent event in Parliament. Deirdre Wells of UK Inbound – one of our campaign partners – sets out why she thinks this is an important issue in our latest blog.

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