Posts tagged Women in Diplomacy
New Podcast: Women in Diplomacy

Women have to try a lot harder to be successful for half the reward and that is the reality of patriarchy.

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Women in Diplomacy in Need of Bolder Leadership

Talyn Rahman-Figueroa discusses her recently published book on “Women in Diplomacy” in light of leadership of female global leaders in today's complex world.

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Workplace Discrimination in Diplomacy

Highlights of how discriminatory practices exist within the diplomatic structure.

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Kate Osamor MP Nominated for Yarl’s Wood Campaign

Kate Osamor MP is nominated for her campaign work on behalf of Yarl’s Wood detention centre.
Ms Osamor is not afraid to utilise her position in the government to call out the faults in the system that hinder progress and development for the people. She has been prominent in speaking out against discrimination against women in the workplace and various walks in society.

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Lord Raj Loomba Nominated for Awareness of the Rights of Widows

Lord Loomba CBE is nominated for his longstanding work on the global rights of widowers through his charity, Loomba Foundation – the only organisation in the world to work on this important issue. The inspiration to start work at the Loomba Foundation came from Lord Loomba’s late mother, Shrimati Pushpa Wati Loomba, who became a widow at the early age of 37 and succeeded in educating her seven young children single-handed.

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Caroline Nokes MP Nominated for Body Image Campaign

Caroline Nokes MP for Romsey and Southampton North has been nominated for her campaign in leading policy changes against unrealistic body standards for women within the fashion industry. While the subject of body image has been open for scrutiny in the media, parliamentarians have only recently entered into the debate at government level. of unhealthy body weight in the media and fashion industry.

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The Good High Commissioner Marie-Pierre Lloyd

Ms Marie Pierre Lloyd, the High Commissioner of Seychelles, has helped empower many disadvantaged Seychellois through her work with MPower Seychelles. Throughout her work, Ms Lloyd has placed ‘those marginalised and vulnerable individuals and groups in Seychelles society’ at the centre of whatever she is doing, and has always done her best for those in need.

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Who is your Superhero?

Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, CEO of Grassroot Diplomat, reflects on the importance of having a role model and mentor in personal and professional development.

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Baroness Shreela Flather Nominated for Women's Rights

Marie Stopes International is one of the biggest international health charities that provide life-saving reproductive and sexual health services internationally. Baroness Flather has been on the Board of the organisation for over 20 years, focusing on raising awareness on family planning, maternal health and abortion particularly in developing countries. 

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Grassroot Diplomacy in the Developing World

In an era where a Beninese woman farming and living in a village of just under five hundred people has two cell phones, one would assume communication inadequacies are wounds of the past. Throughout most of Africa, countries have skipped an entire technological step moving from word of mouth to mobile communication without even the installation of phone lines.

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Grenada High Commissioner HE Ruth Elizabeth Rouse Nominated for Empowering Female Diplomats

High Commissioner Ruth Elizabeth Rouse of the Grenada High Commission has been nominated for the inaugural Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award for creating avenues to empowering women in diplomacy. 

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Arab Spring Opportunities for Women

There is no doubt about the pivotal role played by women in the uprisings in the Arab world in early 2011. However as political transition got underway the message being felt by women has increasingly been to “go home”.

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For Us, Every Day Is International Women's Day

Every day is International Women's Day for us. We have had the privilege to meet many awesome female founders, investors and decision makers, who have shared their experiences and insights and have given us food for thought.  And, of course, we look forward to meeting many more of them.

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Celebrating the Rise of Women in Diplomacy

International Women’s Day is a day of celebration applauding the achievements of women worldwide. We have seen that the struggle for equality and empowerment of women in any industry has strong links to unequal power relations, and the case applies for women entering the diplomatic world. 

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The Power of Relationships

In an interview with InPec Grassroot Diplomat's CEO Talyn Rahman-Figueroa gives her view on hot-topics from gender through to disarmament and UN Reform. The interview was conducted by David Franco. Ms Rahman-Figueroa is determined to tear down traditional barriers and work towards moving from a culture of national interests to a culture of people interests.

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The 26-Year Old Entrepreneur with Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan and Nick Clegg In Her Network

As a frustrated graduate, Talyn decided to take forward her Master’s degree, United Nations training and high-level contacts to create a new social enterprise consultancy, working for the betterment of society. 

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Women in Diplomacy

The 21st century brings a host of fresh challenges into the diplomatic world. The economic crisis is testing the strength of the most powerful nations. Climate change is extinguishing lands and inhabitants, proving to be more devastating than war. The rate of refugees is flooding cities that are already over-populated. New challenges require solutions provided by fresh insight from relatively new candidates. A male-dominated representation of diplomacy is no longer viable within an interconnected world where women matter. Diplomats must be able to represent the whole of society without remaining blinded to gender. As such, bringing women into diplomacy is a symbol of hope and modernisation for the 21st century.

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Look out, Foreign Policy! Here comes Talyn!

“Imagine this. You are a diplomat representing your birth country, but your heritage lies with two other states from your parents and you are married to a non-native national. You are proud of your heritage, you love your family, and you are a strong supporter of the country you declared yourself to. One day, your country starts a fight with your partner’s country, and you have to lead the negotiations which may split the country, create political refugees, and potentially turn to war. Where does your loyalty lie?

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Translating Policy into Practice

A former diplomat once said that “policies are like fashions - they come and go.” If so, then what is the point of negotiating a policy if its implementation is weak and ineffective?

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