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International Day of Women in Diplomacy: Meet India’s top women diplomats at the United Nations

The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution to designate 24 June as International Women’s Day in Diplomacy. Introducing Maldivian ambassador to the United Nations, Thilmeeza Hossain on Monday, “As women rise to diplomatic ranks, they outnumber their male peers, including at the United Nations Headquarters, where they represent only one-fifth of the permanent representative.” represent.” resolution. The United Nations reaffirmed that the achievement of sustainable development, peace and democracy requires the participation of women on equal terms with men at all levels of decision-making.

“Diplomatic women have made a significant contribution to shaping the multilateral system we inherit today. Yet, despite women’s apparent contribution to diplomacy and multilateral decision-making, they are under-represented in senior diplomatic positions,” Abdullah Shahid, president of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, which presided over the adoption of the resolution, said. “They still suffer deeply rooted sexism, which hinders their professional advancement and obscures their contributions and achievements,” the Maldivian politician said.

As the United Nations celebrates ‘International Day of Women in Diplomacy’, here is a list of top Indian women diplomats:

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Sneha Dubey

Sneha Dubey, India’s first Secretary to the United Nations, is a 2012 batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer. Dubey is said to have completed his schooling from Goa and went to Fergusson College, Pune for higher studies. She later went to Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for an MPhil in International Studies. Dubey made headlines and garnered immense praise on social media for his reaction to the then Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan raising the issue of Kashmir in his address to the United Nations General Assembly in September last year.

Ruchira Kambojo

Senior diplomat Ruchira Kamboj was on Tuesday appointed as India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. She will replace TS Tirumurti. Kamboj, a 1987-batch Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer, is currently serving as India’s envoy to Bhutan – the first woman to do so.

Vidisha Maitra

Indian diplomat Vidisha Maitra, a 2009 batch IFS officer, helped India make a significant progress when she was elected to the UN Consultative Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), a subsidiary organ of the General Assembly, in November 2020. His achievement came. At a time when India was preparing to sit as a non-permanent member on the UN Security Council for a two-year term in January 2021. Maitra, who is said to have won the ‘Best Training Officer’ gold medal for his performance during this period. Training, has previously served as Under Secretary (Policy, Planning and Research) in the Ministry of External Affairs.

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Paulomi Tripathi

A former counselor in India’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Poulomi Tripathi is a 2007-batch IFS officer who was lauded by many for fake news as the then Pakistan ambassador showed a picture of a Palestine girl in the assembly and Claimed that it was from Kashmir.


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