Being the British Excessive Commissioner in India generally is a hectic job, and an 18-year-old girl from the nationwide capital skilled this when she held the publish for a day.
Chaitanya Venkateswaran from New Delhi had the distinctive alternative to spend final Wednesday because the UK’s senior-most diplomat in India beneath the mission’s initiative aimed toward empowering and highlighting the challenges confronted by ladies internationally.
The British Excessive Fee has been organising the ”Excessive Commissioner for a Day” competitors yearly since 2017, inviting younger Indian ladies aged 18 to 23 years to take over as their most senior diplomat.
Chaitanya Venkateswaran is the fourth younger girl to take over because the British Excessive Commissioner in an annual competitors run by the UK mission in celebration of Worldwide Day of the Woman Youngster on October 11, the British Excessive Fee mentioned in a press release.
Because the UK’s prime diplomat, Chaitanya Venkateswaran’s busy day included handing out duties to the Excessive Fee’s division heads, interacting with senior girl law enforcement officials, assembly the press, and launching a examine tracing the affect of British Council STEM scholarships on Indian ladies contributors.
“I used to go to the British Council library in New Delhi once I was youthful, and that is the place I cultivated my love of studying. Constructing on that data, to be the British Excessive Commissioner for a day was a golden alternative,” Chaitanya Venkateswaran mentioned.
“My day was stuffed with numerous experiences which have actually broadened my perspective on the position of girls and their illustration in fields of media, policing, and STEM. I’m now extra decided than ever to make use of my new data and expertise to assist promote the equitable remedy of girls all over the place,” she mentioned.
Jan Thompson, the Deputy Excessive Commissioner for that day and performing Excessive Commissioner to India on different days, mentioned this competitors is considered one of his favorite moments of the 12 months – a chance to supply a platform to extraordinary younger ladies, and present how the UK and India are sharing experience to make sure ladies and ladies attain their full potential world wide.
“I used to be thrilled to relinquish my duties to Chaitanya for the day and was impressed with how confidently and competently she took on this position, a deserving winner out of an unimaginable 215 entries,” he mentioned.
“Within the side-lines of her very busy day as Excessive Commissioner, we additionally loved discussing our mutual love of the humanities. I look ahead to seeing what Chaitanya achieves subsequent, as she joins a cohort of younger ladies whose voices we have now been proud to amplify by this annual initiative; the subsequent technology of world leaders,” Jan Thompson mentioned.
This 12 months, entrants to the competitors had been invited to submit a one-minute video on social media, answering the query — ”What international challenges and alternatives do you see for gender equality within the age of COVID-19?”
In step with COVID-19 well being and security precautions, Chaitanya Venkateswaran participated within the day by video convention however was completely happy to satisfy Appearing Excessive Commissioner Jan Thompson at a later date for a socially distanced stroll.
Chaitanya Venkateswaran, a current high-school graduate from New Delhi, is pursuing a bachelor’s diploma with a full scholarship in Worldwide Research and Economics, and certificates programmes in Superior Management Research and Political Thought at American College, Washington DC, learning remotely.
An lively volunteer, she has labored to assist visually-impaired college students, acid assault survivors and marginalised LGBT+ teams.
Through the day when she was the British Excessive Commissioner, she met with the Editor of Anandabazar Patrika to find out about gender illustration within the media business, mentioned gender and policing with senior law enforcement officials from Madhya Pradesh and Telangana and interacted with the Marks & Spencer India workforce.
She additionally launched the British Council STEM Tracer Research documenting the tales of 166 Indian ladies students and chaired a gathering with youth leaders, together with earlier competitors winners, on a few of the greatest challenges dealing with the world, the assertion mentioned.