The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution to declare June 24 as International Day of Women in Diplomacy. “As women climb the diplomatic ranks, they are outnumbered by their male counterparts, including at United Nations headquarters, where they represent just one-fifth of the permanent representative,” said Thilmeeza Hussain, the Maldives’ ambassador to the United Nations. Nations, Monday during the introduction of the solution. The UN reaffirmed that the participation of women, on an equal basis with men, at all levels of decision-making is essential for achieving sustainable development, peace and democracy.
“Women who work in diplomacy have made a vital contribution to shaping the multilateral system we have inherited today. But despite women’s clear contributions to diplomacy and multilateral decision-making, they are still underrepresented in senior diplomatic positions,” said Abdulla Shahid, president of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which chaired the adoption of the resolution. , said. “They still suffer from the deep-seated legacies of sexism, which hinder their professional progress and obscure their contributions and achievements,” the Maldivian politician added.
As the UN marks ‘International Day of Women in Diplomacy’, here is a list of top Indian female diplomats:
Sneha Dubey, India’s first secretary at the United Nations, is a 2012 Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer. Dubey is said to have completed her education in Goa and entered Pune Fergusson College for higher studies. She later went to Delhi Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for MPhil in International Studies. Dubey made headlines and received huge praise on social media for her response to then Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan raising the issue of Kashmir in his speech to the UN General Assembly in September last year.
Senior diplomat Ruchira Kamboj was named India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations on Tuesday. She succeeds TS Tirumurti. Kamboj, a 1987 Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, currently serves as India’s envoy to Bhutan – the first woman to do so.
Indian diplomat Vidisha Maitra, an IFS official from 2009, helped India take a significant step forward when she was elected to the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Matters (ACABQ), a subordinate body of the General Assembly, in November 2020. . at a time when India was preparing to serve as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for a two-year term in January 2021. education, was previously undersecretary (policy, planning and research) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Poulomi Tripathi, a former adviser to India’s Permanent Mission to the UN, is a 2007 IFS officer who was praised by many for spreading fake news when the then Pakistani ambassador showed a photo of a girl from Palestine to the assembly and claimed it came from Kashmir.