Indian women can be British ‘High Commissioner for a Day’

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The British High Commission (BHC) is inviting applications from Indian women to be ‘High Commissioner for a Day’ and enjoy the chance to oversee the UK’s largest overseas network.

The BHC said in a statement that the winner will experience a wide range of UK-India related work, and meet senior stakeholders and partners to discuss the collective response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The winner will also launch a new BHC Gender Charter reaffirming our commitment to gender equality,” the statement said.

The British High Commission has run the ‘High Commissioner for a Day’ competition annually since 2017. It marks the International Day of the Girl Child, observed on 11 October 11, and hopes to empower the next generation of women and highlight some of the challenges they still face. Last year, the competition was won by 22-year-old Ayesha Khan from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.

To participate in the pan-India competition, the applicant must be between 18 years to 23 years old. They need to record and upload a one-minute video on global challenges and opportunities they see for gender equality in the age of COVID-19.

The video must be shared on either Twitter, Facebook or Instagram by tagging ‘UKinIndia’ and using the hashtag #DayoftheGirl.

The deadline for submitting applications is 13 September.

“I am delighted to launch our fourth High Commissioner for a Day competition. Empowering women and girls globally is one of the UK’s top priorities and we continue to work with governments and partners around the world as a force for good, including in India, to make that a reality,” said Jan Thompson, acting High Commissioner to India.

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