Commonwealth Day in London welcomes Caymanian student

Caymanian student Michael Lockwood
attended the Commonwealth Day celebrations held in London on Monday, 14 March.

Mr. Lockwood is studying the Legal
Practice Course at BPP Law School. He said he was honoured to attend the day’s
events organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

Mr. Lockwood attended the
Commonwealth Day observance at Westminster Abbey in the presence of Her Majesty
the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. The observance is a large multi-faith
gathering, also attended by heads of government, faith leaders, dignitaries
from around the world and several hundred young people. This year’s theme was
Women as Agents of Change.

“It was a captivating ceremony
illustrating the rich culture and history of the commonwealth as well as the
importance of women in our societies,” Mr. Lockwood said. “The strides that
they have taken, the work still to be done shown by current statistics and what
we can and should do to facilitate the continued movement.”

Following a parade of the 53 flags
of the commonwealth, the observance at Westminster Abbey featured an uplifting
performance of Woman is Boss by Trinidadian Calypso singer Denyse Plummer in
full Carnival regalia.

The address was given by recording
artist Annie Lennox, and poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy read her poem, A
Commonwealth Blessing for Girls.

Commonwealth secretary-general
Kamalesh Sharma read the Act of Affirmation to the commonwealth and personal
reflections were presented by international economist Dambisa Moyo, Marie
Staunton of Plan UK and Martina Roth, who is responsible for Intel’s Global
Education Strategy, Research and Policy.

Mr. Lockwood said that while the
Cayman Islands is in a better position than many other countries, this event,
the Youth Parliament and International Women’s Day 2011 have all highlighted
sustained areas of concern and where we should concentrate our attention.

“This was an insightful and
conversant event that I encourage future Caymanian students in the UK to
attend,” he said.

More details of the day’s events
can be found at