Women in Diplomacy



The assumption that people in leadership positions are male is a big problem in the diplomatic field. Women have to try a lot harder to be successful for half the reward and that is the reality of patriarchy. As a traditionally male domain, existing power structures within the diplomatic infrastructure actually reinforced gender inequalities. Openly discriminatory practices made it difficult for women to enter diplomacy at the highest position. Grassroot Diplomat CEO Talyn Rahman-Figueroa highlights key points of gender inequality to her new book “Women in Diplomacy” and sheds some light on the challenges of women face in the diplomatic field.

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  • “Women in Diplomacy” book is available on all Amazon outlets - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Women-Diplomacy-assessment-ambassadors-overcoming-ebook/dp/B074PBSDVW
  • As a diplomat is required to relocate on average four times a year, the challenge of raising a family also leads to barriers for women climbing the ranks within the field
  • Like in many industries, it wasn’t until the immediate post-war period that produced a change in attitude towards what women can do
  • Women make effective diplomats as they have access to areas that are otherwise restricted to male diplomats
  • Flexible working opportunities is an innovation that needs to be fully implemented within the diplomatic infrastructure by providing compressed hours, crèche facilities, and IT solutions to work from home