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She is Namrata Sinha, currently pursuing Sociology Honours, at Indraprastha College for Women. An avid reader and learner, Namrata is interested in analyzing contemporary diplomacy with sociological lens.
“She is a starry-eyed girl with a dream in her heart to conquer the world. She toils to refurbish leadership goals, and has carved a niche for herself as a distinguished diplomat.”
Diplomacy and foreign policy-making were conventionally viewed as ‘areas of supreme intellect’ inherently limited to men. Women were touted as not being capable of endorsing the sensitive job of ‘decisive dialogue advancing’. They were deemed to be the mangers of the ‘dining-table’, and the sheer imagination of them upholding discussions on ‘International negotiation table’, seemed too far-fetched. The flippant approach of society, however, couldn’t halt the staunch and ‘perspective-enduring’ women diplomats from surfacing. In 1917, Russian born Alexandra M. Kollontai figured as the first woman diplomat in the world.
With the dissemination of progressive ideas and furtherance of multi-spectral appeal to women’s education, their participation in International forums as diplomats surged. In wider avenues of critical-thinking and insightful analysis, women excelled as prudent negotiators. They delved into redemption and espousal of a myriad of socioeconomic and political issues. They gradually disparaged the idiom of ‘table-stereotype’, and drove closer to ‘negotiation-table’, leaving behind the ‘dining-table’. In twentieth century, many European and Caribbean women diplomats like- Rózsa Schwimmer and Angela Evelyn Vernon King, voiced their concern about gender-inequality and inconsistencies in societal paradigms revolving around a patriarchal framework.
Women diplomats also heralded policies favouring peaceful International ties. Eminent Swedish foreign affairs consular- Alva Reimer Myrdal tenaciously advocated for nuclear disarmament. In addition to advocating suffrage alliances and opining ideas in tandem with International security, women in diplomacy have also fought for human rights. US diplomat Anna Eleanor Roosevelt worked for promulgation of political and racial justice.
In India, C.B.Muthamma was the first woman to feature in the department of foreign exchange and external affairs. Diligently following her footsteps, many women superscribed the position of a diplomat, and made our country proud by vindicating their responsibilities with utter sublimity. Contemporarily, the incorrigible Eenam Gambhir, India’s first Secretary in permanent mission to United Nations promulgated the conception of peace, by giving a scathing rebuttal to the supporters of hatred and terror.
Many women inherit the promising qualities of being a quintessential diplomat, like- efficient organizational and leadership skills. Inclusion of women at all levels in International relations, sponsors overarching commitments vis-à-vis gender parity and women empowerment.
In spite of women exhilarating in the role of diplomats, their underrepresentation in International forums bequeaths a stumbling block in countering gender-based stereotypes and disproportionate power-division. The resounding motivation for women to elevate their interest in foreign affairs and uplift their participation in diplomacy, adheres to receive overwhelming responses.