To celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child, the British High Commission in New Delhi is inviting Indian women aged 18 to 23 to apply for a chance to spend a day as one of the UK’s top diplomats.
The ‘High Commissioner for a Day’ competition is a unique opportunity for talented young women from India to share their strengths with the world.
Alex Ellis, British High Commissioner to India, said: “The Sustainable Development Goals push for a better planet for everyone, everywhere; just as India is doing with its G20 Presidency. I’m always amazed by the talent spread across this country and have no doubt that India’s brilliant youth will lead the drive for a better future in the years to come.
“The full potential of the world’s youth to solve the world’s biggest challenges cannot be achieved without girls and women. The International Day of the Girl Child is an important moment to include and inspire. I’m looking forward to seeing numerous fantastic entries.”
The British High Commission in India has organised this competition annually since 2017 to celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child, which falls on October 11. Last year’s winner of the competition was Jagriti Yadav from Lucknow, who experienced a broad range of diplomatic activities including meeting Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture Meenakshi Lekhi, the Mayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin, and the Executive Chairman of Wipro Rishad Premji. Jagriti also launched a book honouring 75 Indian Women in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), alongside Professor Ajay Kumar Sood, the Principal Scientific Adviser to the government of India.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries.
A jury at the British High Commission in New Delhi will select the winner, who will be announced across the social media channels.
To apply, applicants must record and upload a one-minute video answering: “How can young people help lead the way in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?”
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They must share the video on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or LinkedIn by tagging “@UKinIndia” and using the hashtag #DayOfTheGirl. The deadline for entries is August 18.
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