Twenty-year-old Monjita Baruah became the British deputy high commissioner, Kolkata, for a day on Thursday to mark the International Girl Child Day (October 11).
For the last three years, the British High Commission has been offering young Indian women across the country a unique opportunity – to head a diplomatic mission for a day. Indian women aged 18-23 years were eligible for the competition. Applicants were asked to record a one-minute video on “Why gender equality is important and who their biggest inspiration is on this issue.”
The second year B Tech student in Electronics and Communication Engineering at National Institute of Technology (NIT), Silchar, said, “In my college, there’s a huge male-female ratio gap. We have 600-plus male students against 80-odd female ones. We must improve this lopsided situation.”
“When individual man and woman come together to do their part towards the girl child in any way possible, it will aggregate into something huge. That will bring a noticeable change leading to a positive impact in making the world a better and safer place to live in,” she added.
About her assignment, she said, “I was exposed to the deputy high commissioner’s day including his diplomatic engagements. I learnt about the initiatives undertaken by the UK to promote gender equality, end human trafficking and the opportunities UK offers to trade. I also met their policy team who told me about the Chevening scholarships and fellowships and how UK is a global hub for higher education.”
British deputy high commissioner to Kolkata, Bruce Bucknell, said: “The UK and India are working together as a global force for good. We share with India the importance of promoting the cause of gender equality. I am delighted that we were able to mark the International Girl Child day by demonstrating to young women that they are the future leaders and by giving them a platform to share their views.”
Source: Times of India