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International Day of Women in Diplomacy

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By Ramu Damodaran

As June draws to a close, the United Nations marks two important anniversaries: the signing of its Charter on June 26, 1945, and the establishment of the full-fledged Commission on the Status of Women on June 21, 1946. And now we have another landmark date right between the two, the International Day of Women in Diplomacy, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, to fall on June 24 each year.

We have clearly come a long way since the first years of the U.N. when even someone as universally known and respected as Eleanor Roosevelt was primly listed in documents as "Mrs. Franklin Roosevelt" rather than by her own name. That said, less than 22 percent of the permanent representatives at the United Nations today are women. Thanks to strenuous efforts by the organization, almost a quarter of conflict party delegations in the U.N.-supported peace processes ― diplomacy at its truest testing ― were women in 2020, an impressive rise from the earlier figure of 13 percent, but still far from compelling.

And it was not until 1992 that the U.N. appointed the first woman head of a peacekeeping operation, Margaret Anstee of the United Kingdom. Her ironically titled........

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