In a first of such initiative, as many as 23 Indian girls from different parts of the country, took charge as Ambassadors of countries including United States, the European Union (EU), Spain, Sweden, France, Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Slovenia, France, South Africa, Canada and New Zealand. According to a report by Indian Express, these girls between the age of 18 to 24 took over the top position across 12 embassies in New Delhi, on the occasion of International Day of the Girl Child. Planned by Plan India, an independent child development organisation, the event was moderated by its governing board member Madhukar Kamath.
The report further stated that this unique concept was implemented as part of these embassies’ commitment towards promoting gender equality, empowerment of women and girls, and strengthening their human rights. After taking over as diplomats, all these girls expressed their happiness but said that overall conscience of the society remains as the biggest challenge. Neha Siddiqui, who took over as Ambassador to European Union told Dainik Jagran that the biggest challenge is to change society’s mindset. “Even if a girl is out of home till late due to work, people question. I hope when my neighbours will get to know about my achievement, their attitude will change,” she added.
“This idea of takeovers was discussed among the missions, and the coordination took place through a voluntary organisation working for girls’ rights. We thought the idea was quite powerful, and sends a message to the Indian society,” a European diplomat, who was part of the process, told Indian Express.
According to IE, all these girls have been chosen carefully and from diverse backgrounds. They represent different communities. “We wanted this exercise to be as inclusive as possible,” said another diplomat involved in the process.