Every year on June 24, the International Day of Women in Diplomacy (IDWID) commemorates and celebrates exceptional women actively involved in diplomacy and decision-making on a global scale.
Every year on June 24, the International Day of Women in Diplomacy (IDWID) commemorates and celebrates exceptional women actively involved in diplomacy and decision-making on a global scale. Diana Abgar, an ambassador for Armenia, holds the distinction of being the first female diplomat of the 20th century.
Other powerful women have significantly contributed to their countries’ representation on the world stage, including former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and former Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. Ruchira Kamboj, India’s Permanent Representative and Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, currently upholds this legacy. This article delves into the history and significance of IDWID.
The Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT), which organises the International Day of Women in Diplomacy (IDWID) Inaugural Forum, has as its topic “Breaking Barriers, Shaping the Future: Women in Diplomacy for Sustainable Development.” The chosen theme highlights the significance of expanding the representation of women in diplomatic and decision-making positions.
Empowering women and achieving gender equality are crucial for meeting the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The subject is to raise awareness of these problems and emphasise their importance in establishing a sustainable future.
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As of January 2023, in 31 nations, there were 34 female leaders of states or governments. It has been noted that women’s involvement in political and diplomatic activities produces better results. They typically pass laws that are better for society as a whole and the environment. The International Day of Women in Diplomacy aims to promote global gender equality by recognizing and honoring women’s qualities.
The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), which met from September 14, 2021, to September 13, 2022, has established the International Day of Women in Diplomacy (IDWID). In accordance with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UNGA adopted a resolution on June 20, 2022, recognizing the value of women’s contributions to diplomacy and the imperative need for equitable involvement of women in decision-making. The 24th of June was consequently declared the official International Day of Women in Diplomacy.