The Historical and Symbolic Importance of the International Day of Women in Diplomacy 2023

Published By: Nibandh Vinod

Last Updated: June 24, 2023, 07:00 IST

As of January 2023, there 34 women serve as heads of state and/or government of 31 countries. (Image: Shutterstock)

International Day of Women in Diplomacy 2023: Observed on June 24 annually, the day celebrates inspiring women in fields of diplomacy and decision-making, around the world

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF WOMEN IN DIPLOMACY 2023: International Day of Women in Diplomacy (IDWID) is celebrated annually on June 24. It pays tribute to the inspiring women who have excelled in the fields of diplomacy and decision-making worldwide. Notable female diplomats like Armenian ambassador Diana Abgar, former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and former Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj have played crucial roles in representing their nations to the world. Today, Ruchira Kamboj, Permanent Representative/Ambassador of India to the United Nations, New York, carries on this tradition. In this article, we will explore the history and significance of IDWID.

International Day of Women in Diplomacy 2023 Theme

This year’s theme for the IDWID Inaugural Forum, organized by the Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT), is “Breaking Barriers, Shaping the Future: Women in Diplomacy for Sustainable Development.” Increasing the participation of women in decision-making and diplomatic roles is a crucial aspect of women empowerment and gender equality, which are essential for achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The theme aims to highlight these issues.

International Day of Women in Diplomacy History

IDWID was established in the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), which took place from September 14, 2021, to September 13, 2022. The UNGA adopted the resolution on June 20, 2022, recognizing the importance of women’s contributions to diplomacy and the need for their equal participation in decision-making. As a result, June 24 was designated as the International Day of Women in Diplomacy.

International Day of Women in Diplomacy Significance

As of January 2023, 34 women serve as heads of state and/or government in 31 countries. Studies have shown that the involvement of women in governance and diplomatic matters leads to better outcomes. Laws enacted by women tend to benefit the masses and the environment. The International Day of Women in Diplomacy celebrates the strengths of women and aims to promote greater gender equality worldwide.

 

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