Uttar Pradesh’s Gorakhpur woman Ayesha Khan became British High Commissioner for a day by winning a competition.
The ‘British High Commissioner for a Day’ competition, which is now in its third year, is a celebration of the October 11 ‘International Day of the Girl Child’. It was open to Indian women ageing from 18 to 23 years.
Subsequently, the competition offers a young woman a chance to be the United Kingdom’s top diplomat to India.
For the selection process, applicants are asked to record a one-minute video on what is the importance of gender equality. Moreover, to whom they see as their biggest gender equality inspiration.
Ayesha spent the day overseeing the British’s largest oversees network, networking with dignitaries, chairing briefing sessions and meeting project beneficiaries.
British High Commissioner for the Day, Ayesha Khan said, “My day was pretty hectic but also really fun, and I got to learn a lot.”
Ayesha adds she had a great experience in leading daily briefings, interacting with stakeholders from India and the UK.
“I believe education is a powerful tool that can help achieve gender equality,” Ms Khan adds.
Sir Dominic Asquith, Deputy High Commissioner for the Day (on other days, British High Commissioner to India), said, “I greatly enjoyed working for and with Ayesha for the day. She spoke passionately, articulately, and convincingly on this important issue. Hope she found the experience as rewarding as I did personally.”
Ms Ayesha Khan was British High Commissioner for a Day on October 4, Friday. Ms Khan –
- Visited a school where the British Council is implementing a programme called ‘Changing Moves Changing Minds’. The programme promotes positive gender roles using cricket and dance.
- Discussed with a Facebook’s GOAL (Going Online as Leaders) programme’s beneficiary
- met leaders from foreign policy, business and civil society
- met women working in Delhi’s unorganised sector & learned how SEWA supports them.
Currently, Ms Khan is pursuing a Masters degree in Mass Communication from Guru Jambeshwar University. She holds a Bachelors degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from SGND Khalsa College in Delhi University. She also has a Postgraduate Diploma from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.