24 June 2022
On 20 June 2022, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) declared 24 June International Day of Women in Diplomacy, thereby encouraging all relevant stakeholders to observe this important day annually.
This is a landmark declaration as the Assembly adopted by consensus, a resolution reaffirming that the participation of women, on equal terms with men, at all levels of decision-making is essential to the achievement of sustainable development, peace and democracy.
The declaration further displays the efforts of the United Nations system to advance gender parity and recognises the important contributions that women make to diplomacy, despite their underrepresentation in this field.
On June 24, let us do more than celebrating the immense progress that women diplomats have achieved all around the world.
Let’s use this day to actively confront the scepticism and gender bias that permeate the minds and hearts of many.
Let’s remember to make room for and honour the contributions of the scores of women who are taking the world of diplomacy to more inclusive, diverse, transparent and open heights.