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The use of sexual violence in war is one of the great injustices of our lifetime.  It is hard to document, let alone investigate.  Perpetrators do not discriminate, because it’s not about sex, but violence, terror, power and control.  When rape is committed during conflict, it has often been seen as an inevitable part of [...]

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The use of sexual violence in war is one of the great injustices of our lifetime.  It is hard to document, let alone investigate.  Perpetrators do not discriminate, because it’s not about sex, but violence, terror, power and control.  When rape is committed during conflict, it has often been seen as an inevitable part of war, and so it has been allowed to go unpunished.

But even war has rules.  So just as the world could agree that land mines have no place on the battlefield, the world must agree to end sexual violence in conflict.

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In London between 10-13 June, the UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague, and UN Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie, will co-host the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. Over 150 countries, including Brunei Darussalam, have now supported the UN General assembly Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. Representatives of governments, civil society, the military and the judiciary will all take part in the London Summit.  So too will the public.

Events will also take place around the world, including in Bandar Seri Begawan.  Representatives of Brunei will be asked to commit to concrete action that will help remove wartime rape and sexual violence from the world’s arsenal of cruelty.  Brunei can bring particular influence to bear through its longstanding and highly valued participation in United Nations peacekeeping missions.

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It will be a Summit like no other, because sexual violence is a crime like no other.  Women and men are made to suffer its horrors in conflicts around the world, and shocking as it may seem, many victims are very young girls and boys. Sexual violence carries a corrosive after-effect that lasts a lifetime: an unjust and destructive shame for the victims and their families.

But we firmly believe that this can – and must – change.

The appalling truth is that only a tiny number of perpetrators of these crimes have ever been brought to trial, let alone convicted.   That is why at the Summit we will launch the first International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict.  This will be a practical tool to help improve accountability. The Protocol will help investigators preserve information and evidence in the aftermath of an attack, improve the chances of someone being successfully prosecuted later, and protect victims and survivors from further trauma.

At the Summit this week, we want governments to announce their support for the Protocol and to encourage local activists, lawyers, police personnel, and doctors to use it. We also want governments to make sure that their national laws on rape and sexual violence are in line with international standards, so that there’s a greater chance of securing successful prosecutions for war crimes in their own courts.  The Summit will also look at the role that the military can play.  When sexual violence occurs in conflict zones, soldiers are often the first people on the scene, but are not always properly equipped or trained to deal with this sensitive problem.  This needs to change.  And Armies are often responsible for carrying out these abhorrent acts.  This must stop.  Finally, we hope the governments of the world’s wealthiest nations will announce new funding support, including to local grass-roots organisations which often work at the heart of the most affected communities.

But government action alone is not enough.  We need every family and community to change the culture that stigmatises survivors and to be united in their abhorrence for these crimes, so that any man with a gun will think twice before ordering or committing rape.  Will you add your voice to the global call for decisive action? You can join the conversation on twitter @end_svc using #TimeToAct.

It is time to support survivors, shatter the culture of impunity and ensure that justice is done, both now and in the future.  It is #TimeToAct.

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The use of sexual violence in war is one of the great injustices of our lifetime.  It is hard to document, let alone investigate.  Perpetrators do not discriminate, because it’s not about sex, but violence, terror, power and control.  When rape is committed during conflict, it has often been seen as an inevitable part of war, and so it has been allowed to go unpunished.

But even war has rules.  So just as the world could agree that land mines have no place on the battlefield, the world must agree to end sexual violence in conflict.

BRITAIN/

In London between 10-13 June, the UK Foreign Secretary, William Hague, and UN Special Envoy, Angelina Jolie, will co-host the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. Over 150 countries, including Brunei Darussalam, have now supported the UN General assembly Declaration of Commitment to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. Representatives of governments, civil society, the military and the judiciary will all take part in the London Summit.  So too will the public.

Events will also take place around the world, including in Bandar Seri Begawan.  Representatives of Brunei will be asked to commit to concrete action that will help remove wartime rape and sexual violence from the world’s arsenal of cruelty.  Brunei can bring particular influence to bear through its longstanding and highly valued participation in United Nations peacekeeping missions.

s465_ESVIC-Global-_-London_960x6

It will be a Summit like no other, because sexual violence is a crime like no other.  Women and men are made to suffer its horrors in conflicts around the world, and shocking as it may seem, many victims are very young girls and boys. Sexual violence carries a corrosive after-effect that lasts a lifetime: an unjust and destructive shame for the victims and their families.

But we firmly believe that this can – and must – change.

The appalling truth is that only a tiny number of perpetrators of these crimes have ever been brought to trial, let alone convicted.   That is why at the Summit we will launch the first International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict.  This will be a practical tool to help improve accountability. The Protocol will help investigators preserve information and evidence in the aftermath of an attack, improve the chances of someone being successfully prosecuted later, and protect victims and survivors from further trauma.

At the Summit this week, we want governments to announce their support for the Protocol and to encourage local activists, lawyers, police personnel, and doctors to use it. We also want governments to make sure that their national laws on rape and sexual violence are in line with international standards, so that there’s a greater chance of securing successful prosecutions for war crimes in their own courts.  The Summit will also look at the role that the military can play.  When sexual violence occurs in conflict zones, soldiers are often the first people on the scene, but are not always properly equipped or trained to deal with this sensitive problem.  This needs to change.  And Armies are often responsible for carrying out these abhorrent acts.  This must stop.  Finally, we hope the governments of the world’s wealthiest nations will announce new funding support, including to local grass-roots organisations which often work at the heart of the most affected communities.

But government action alone is not enough.  We need every family and community to change the culture that stigmatises survivors and to be united in their abhorrence for these crimes, so that any man with a gun will think twice before ordering or committing rape.  Will you add your voice to the global call for decisive action? You can join the conversation on twitter @end_svc using #TimeToAct.

It is time to support survivors, shatter the culture of impunity and ensure that justice is done, both now and in the future.  It is #TimeToAct.

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Applications close on Friday 15 November – APPLY NOW! Calling all talent who want to further their career by achieving a prestigious Master’s degree from any of the UK’s leading universities! Applications for 2014/15 Chevening Scholarships will close at midnight (GMT) on Friday 15 November. There is still time to apply for a 2014/15 Chevening [...]

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Applications close on Friday 15 November – APPLY NOW!

Calling all talent who want to further their career by achieving a prestigious Master’s degree from any of the UK’s leading universities!

Applications for 2014/15 Chevening Scholarships will close at midnight (GMT) on Friday 15 November.

There is still time to apply for a 2014/15 Chevening Scholarship. You do NOT need to have already taken an English language test NOR received an offer from a UK university before applying, so submit your application today and become part of the influential global Chevening network.

Remember to submit your application well in advance of the deadline – this means that should you experience any technical difficulties with submitting your application, the Chevening Scholarships Secretariat can take corrective measures to resolve these. Please note that they are unable to resolve application issues outside their opening hours, which are 9:00am until 5:00pm Monday to Friday (UK time).

Good luck with your application!


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English language tests

You can apply for a Chevening Scholarship and take your English language test at a later date. The deadline for meeting the Chevening English language requirement is 23 June 2014.

More information about English language tests is available on the Chevening website.

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Applying to a UK university

You only have to choose three Master’s courses on the Chevening Scholarship application form, and can apply for these AFTER you have submitted your application for a Chevening Scholarship.

More information about choosing a UK course and university is available on the Chevening website.

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Applications close on Friday 15 November – APPLY NOW!

Calling all talent who want to further their career by achieving a prestigious Master’s degree from any of the UK’s leading universities!

Applications for 2014/15 Chevening Scholarships will close at midnight (GMT) on Friday 15 November.

There is still time to apply for a 2014/15 Chevening Scholarship. You do NOT need to have already taken an English language test NOR received an offer from a UK university before applying, so submit your application today and become part of the influential global Chevening network.

Remember to submit your application well in advance of the deadline – this means that should you experience any technical difficulties with submitting your application, the Chevening Scholarships Secretariat can take corrective measures to resolve these. Please note that they are unable to resolve application issues outside their opening hours, which are 9:00am until 5:00pm Monday to Friday (UK time).

Good luck with your application!


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English language tests

You can apply for a Chevening Scholarship and take your English language test at a later date. The deadline for meeting the Chevening English language requirement is 23 June 2014.

More information about English language tests is available on the Chevening website.

image003

Applying to a UK university

You only have to choose three Master’s courses on the Chevening Scholarship application form, and can apply for these AFTER you have submitted your application for a Chevening Scholarship.

More information about choosing a UK course and university is available on the Chevening website.

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Fatin Arifin is the recipient of the 2013/14 Chevening Scholarship in Brunei. She is currently studying MSc Emerging Economies & International Development at King’s College London. “You are provisionally selected as our Chevening candidate for 2013/14!” From receiving that email in the first week of May to leaving in September, everything in between was pretty [...]

Fatin Arifin is the recipient of the 2013/14 Chevening Scholarship in Brunei. She is currently studying MSc Emerging Economies & International Development at King’s College London.

“You are provisionally selected as our Chevening candidate for 2013/14!” From receiving that email in the first week of May to leaving in September, everything in between was pretty much ticking off things on the checklist.

Receiving my Chevening award at the British High Commissioner’s Residence with Datin Adina & David Campbell
Receiving my Chevening award at the British High Commissioner’s Residence with Datin Adina & David Campbell

Being Part of the Chevening Community

I got added to the Chevening club not long after getting the notification about the provisional selection. This was when it felt like the journey was beginning because I started meeting fellow Cheveners online who made me feel excited about the whole Chevening experience and the preparation before heading here. My Chevening Programme Officer Ceri started getting in touch with me regarding all the arrangements and she made the whole process easy going and flawless.

The Moment Has Arrived

Having left university over six years ago, I felt nervous about going back to study again especially in the couple of weeks before classes began. I knew back then when I graduated in 2007 that I would eventually study for my Masters but I did not rush to do so as at the end of the day I wanted to be sure about what the next step in my life should be. When the opportunity knocked, I knew the time had arrived. The decision to take up development studies came naturally.

Upon arriving, I had a few days to settle in which was enough to prepare myself with the basics, to familiarize myself with the area I lived in and how to get to university. I took the opportunity to get out and get lost as I wasn’t sure that I would have the time to do so after classes commenced.

My Chevening Adventure So Far

I’ve only been here just over a month and I already feel that time is flying by so quickly. In the past few weeks, I have been inspired and intellectually stimulated by the lectures and seminars and have come to realise how much I did not know and how much I have yet to know. I am learning about countries previously unfamiliar to me such as Latin America and India to name a few and dichotomising their development models.

I have to admit that the transition from working to studying is challenging. Each week there are a certain number of readings that my colleagues and I have to be prepared with before attending the classes. Each one of us is assigned to deliver a presentation and critical evaluation of the readings depending on the week and you are expected to lead the discussion that ensues afterwards. I felt this was unfamiliar territory as I suddenly felt aware of the need to have an opinion on everything which takes some getting used to and it is a lot harder if the book or article I am expected to comment on is written by a Nobel Laureate! From time to time, we organize our own study groups because the classes aren’t enough to discuss about a certain topics and issues.

Recently, another opportunity came to meet Her Majesty the Queen this time at the Buckingham Palace on the 18th October to celebrate Commonwealth, Youth and Education under my Commonwealth-Asia Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAAYE) hat which I accepted with honour. It was a wonderful experience to be inside the palace and networking with people from all over the world and to speak to some of the Commonwealth’s youth leaders.

Outside Buckingham Palace
Outside Buckingham Palace
With Chevening Scholars Santi from Indonesia and Saovanee from Malaysia
With Chevening Scholars Santi from Indonesia and Saovanee from Malaysia

I have also finally met some fellow Cheveners officially at the Welcome Reception on the 22nd October at the iconic Foreign and Commonwealth Office. I thought it was humorous to meet some people you attend classes with every week there at the reception without knowing that they are also fellow Cheveners. This is how large the Chevening community is! I know that the next ten months that I have left as a Chevening Scholar is going to be an exciting adventure because I am in the company of the world’s emerging leaders, in one of the greatest University’s in the most vibrant and exciting city in the world!

Planning and Preparing for Chevening Application

I recall how little time I had in submitting the application for Chevening when I did the application back in December as I was in between various travels and work assignments. I would like to take this opportunity to share the journey with prospective applicants whether you are applying for this round or the next or intend to apply one day.

One of the most important aspects of your application is the part where you write about your experience, the course you have selected and what you aim to do upon your return. It seems simple enough but I urge you to really ponder about it at a deeper level because your story will separate you from others. Think about how you have been of value to the workplace, community, and nation. And think about how you want to proceed to the next step of your career or life and how studying will help you get there. This is also an opportunity to discover yourself and things you can possibly do in the future with the experience you have amassed. It can get overwhelming to write a compelling case in limited words because there is the dilemma about what is and what isn’t important enough to include in the application. My advice is to compose your story in a way that articulates best your reason for choosing your area of study– What sort of experience do you have in that area of study? What do you think will you learn from that course? etc. When you are done writing your story, get two to three people to have a read and comment before you edit it. These people should include someone who either know you best, someone who can give you harsh, but constructive critcism (because you also need someone who doesn’t have to completely agree with you), and someone who doesn’t know you that well. Their comments will help you look at it from different perspectives.

The second part relates to the university and course options. Don’t take this for granted. Really take time to research all the courses available across the UK and find one that fits your aims best. Your course and university options will determine your motivation in excelling in the course and at the end of the day, your happiness! It is important at the Masters level for you to do what you really want to do as the university and course play a large role in shaping you and your goals.

Once you feel satisfied about the changes you have made to your application, you can move on to submitting it with confidence! And after that, take the patience pill or forget you even applied because once you get to the interview stage (I believe sometime in March); the emotional rollercoaster will begin until you get the Final Award Letter. Good luck!

If you’re interested in applying for the 2014/15 Chevening Scholarship, visit the Brunei country page on the Chevening website for more information!

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Fatin Arifin is the recipient of the 2013/14 Chevening Scholarship in Brunei. She is currently studying MSc Emerging Economies & International Development at King’s College London.

“You are provisionally selected as our Chevening candidate for 2013/14!” From receiving that email in the first week of May to leaving in September, everything in between was pretty much ticking off things on the checklist.

Receiving my Chevening award at the British High Commissioner’s Residence with Datin Adina & David Campbell
Receiving my Chevening award at the British High Commissioner’s Residence with Datin Adina & David Campbell

Being Part of the Chevening Community

I got added to the Chevening club not long after getting the notification about the provisional selection. This was when it felt like the journey was beginning because I started meeting fellow Cheveners online who made me feel excited about the whole Chevening experience and the preparation before heading here. My Chevening Programme Officer Ceri started getting in touch with me regarding all the arrangements and she made the whole process easy going and flawless.

The Moment Has Arrived

Having left university over six years ago, I felt nervous about going back to study again especially in the couple of weeks before classes began. I knew back then when I graduated in 2007 that I would eventually study for my Masters but I did not rush to do so as at the end of the day I wanted to be sure about what the next step in my life should be. When the opportunity knocked, I knew the time had arrived. The decision to take up development studies came naturally.

Upon arriving, I had a few days to settle in which was enough to prepare myself with the basics, to familiarize myself with the area I lived in and how to get to university. I took the opportunity to get out and get lost as I wasn’t sure that I would have the time to do so after classes commenced.

My Chevening Adventure So Far

I’ve only been here just over a month and I already feel that time is flying by so quickly. In the past few weeks, I have been inspired and intellectually stimulated by the lectures and seminars and have come to realise how much I did not know and how much I have yet to know. I am learning about countries previously unfamiliar to me such as Latin America and India to name a few and dichotomising their development models.

I have to admit that the transition from working to studying is challenging. Each week there are a certain number of readings that my colleagues and I have to be prepared with before attending the classes. Each one of us is assigned to deliver a presentation and critical evaluation of the readings depending on the week and you are expected to lead the discussion that ensues afterwards. I felt this was unfamiliar territory as I suddenly felt aware of the need to have an opinion on everything which takes some getting used to and it is a lot harder if the book or article I am expected to comment on is written by a Nobel Laureate! From time to time, we organize our own study groups because the classes aren’t enough to discuss about a certain topics and issues.

Recently, another opportunity came to meet Her Majesty the Queen this time at the Buckingham Palace on the 18th October to celebrate Commonwealth, Youth and Education under my Commonwealth-Asia Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAAYE) hat which I accepted with honour. It was a wonderful experience to be inside the palace and networking with people from all over the world and to speak to some of the Commonwealth’s youth leaders.

Outside Buckingham Palace
Outside Buckingham Palace
With Chevening Scholars Santi from Indonesia and Saovanee from Malaysia
With Chevening Scholars Santi from Indonesia and Saovanee from Malaysia

I have also finally met some fellow Cheveners officially at the Welcome Reception on the 22nd October at the iconic Foreign and Commonwealth Office. I thought it was humorous to meet some people you attend classes with every week there at the reception without knowing that they are also fellow Cheveners. This is how large the Chevening community is! I know that the next ten months that I have left as a Chevening Scholar is going to be an exciting adventure because I am in the company of the world’s emerging leaders, in one of the greatest University’s in the most vibrant and exciting city in the world!

Planning and Preparing for Chevening Application

I recall how little time I had in submitting the application for Chevening when I did the application back in December as I was in between various travels and work assignments. I would like to take this opportunity to share the journey with prospective applicants whether you are applying for this round or the next or intend to apply one day.

One of the most important aspects of your application is the part where you write about your experience, the course you have selected and what you aim to do upon your return. It seems simple enough but I urge you to really ponder about it at a deeper level because your story will separate you from others. Think about how you have been of value to the workplace, community, and nation. And think about how you want to proceed to the next step of your career or life and how studying will help you get there. This is also an opportunity to discover yourself and things you can possibly do in the future with the experience you have amassed. It can get overwhelming to write a compelling case in limited words because there is the dilemma about what is and what isn’t important enough to include in the application. My advice is to compose your story in a way that articulates best your reason for choosing your area of study– What sort of experience do you have in that area of study? What do you think will you learn from that course? etc. When you are done writing your story, get two to three people to have a read and comment before you edit it. These people should include someone who either know you best, someone who can give you harsh, but constructive critcism (because you also need someone who doesn’t have to completely agree with you), and someone who doesn’t know you that well. Their comments will help you look at it from different perspectives.

The second part relates to the university and course options. Don’t take this for granted. Really take time to research all the courses available across the UK and find one that fits your aims best. Your course and university options will determine your motivation in excelling in the course and at the end of the day, your happiness! It is important at the Masters level for you to do what you really want to do as the university and course play a large role in shaping you and your goals.

Once you feel satisfied about the changes you have made to your application, you can move on to submitting it with confidence! And after that, take the patience pill or forget you even applied because once you get to the interview stage (I believe sometime in March); the emotional rollercoaster will begin until you get the Final Award Letter. Good luck!

If you’re interested in applying for the 2014/15 Chevening Scholarship, visit the Brunei country page on the Chevening website for more information!

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