The High Commission of Canada organised a competition as a part of activities on October 11, so as to mark International Day of the Girl. Several young women from all over India had participated in the same and Medha Mishra, an Engineering student from Jaipur was selected to serve as Canada’s High Commissioner for a day.
Target gender equality and girls’ rights:
She had participated in a video competition on the theme “Why girls’ rights are important and what can be done to achieve greater gender equality”.
She will hold meetings with senior diplomats at the High Commission and participate in public events being organised to create awareness about the importance of girls’ rights.
Staff from several foreign missions in Delhi will join students and enthusiastic volunteers for a run along Shanti Path at 12 noon.
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Chat with diplomats:
Later on, Ms. Mishra and Mr. Jess Dutton, the Deputy High Commissioner for Canada to India, will be joined by the Mexican Ambassador Ms. Melba Pria; the Ambassador of Finland, Ms Nina Vaskunlahti; Ambassador of the United States of America, Mr. Richard Verma; the Deputy High Commissioner of South Africa, Ben Joubert and the Deputy High Commissioner of Australia, Mr. Chris Elstoft at IILM Institute for Higher Education for a ‘chat with diplomats’ session.
Diplomats will interact with management students and will discuss the issue of women in leadership.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Dutton, said: “We are proud to collaborate with diplomats from several nations and with officials and the people of India to promote the importance of girls’ rights.
In Canada, we strongly feel that gender equality is not only a human rights issue, but an essential component of sustainable development, social justice, peace and security.”