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March 22, 2023


In commemoration of International Women’s Day, female Ambassadors and Deputy Heads of mission of diplomatic missions in Qatar, including those of the United States, Greece, Netherlands, Canada, Austria, Bulgaria, Guinea, Mexico, Thailand, Singapore, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the United Nations Offices of Counter-Terrorism, Trade and Development, and International Organization for Migration, hosted the “Diplomat for a Day” program for female Qatari and international students from Georgetown University throughout March.  The program aimed to encourage students to become leaders and advocates in their communities by providing them with mentorship opportunities and first-hand experience of what it means to be an official representative.  U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Natalie Baker said: “The program is part of the U.S. Embassy’s efforts to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.  We are committed to supporting initiatives that empower women and girls and promote their full and equal participation in all spheres of life, including in diplomatic missions.”


Students were paired with female heads of diplomatic missions to learn about their day-to-day work, including attending meetings and briefings with consular, public affairs, and trade sections.  The program concluded with a reception where the participants had the opportunity to network with other diplomatic missions and meet their counterparts.


Participating ambassadors shared their observations of meeting young women eager to learn about the work of diplomats.  Karin Fichtinger-Grohe, Austrian Ambassador, said: “The program encourages young women to pursue careers in diplomacy, politics, and other fields where they can make a positive impact.”  Isabelle Martin, Ambassador of Canada, highlighted the importance of strong female role models in empowering women and continuing the work of integration for total and systematic gender equality.  Valerie Lusamba Kabeya, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Qatar, emphasized the necessity of women’s active participation for the development of nations and the importance of gender equality.


Inna Cherniak, a Georgetown University student, described the program as one of the highlights of her university experience and renewed her hope for her country’s future.  Fatima Al Kuwari, a participant in the program, described the initiative with the Austrian Ambassador as a truly immersive experience that taught her a lot about the work of diplomats.  Sheikha Aldana Nasser Al Thani described the Diplomat for a Day program with the Royal Thai Embassy as an unforgettable experience that expanded her understanding of diplomacy and its role in promoting global harmony and progress.