Women in Diplomacy Committee of FICAC in WCC12

November 8, 2018 | News



Dear colleagues and

Distinguished guests,


It is such a great privilege for me to make a presentation about Women in Diplomacy Committee at the 12th General Assembly of FICAC.

The 21st century brings lots of fresh challenges into the diplomatic world.

-The increasing use of social media, mobile apps and other technology are changing the way diplomacy works.

-The rate of refugees is growing irresistible in that are already over-populated cities.

-Climate change is destroying lands, and inhabitants, evidently more devastating than war.

-The economic crisis is forcing the balance of the Global world.

New challenges require new negotiating solutions provided by fresh insight from relatively new candidates.


As such;

Bringing women into diplomacy is a symbol of hope and modernization for the 21st century.


-Why are women necessary in diplomacy?


When regarding the skill of negotiation, women have proven themselves to be capable of deciding what is in their best interest whilst making moral judgments that are rational.

As the process of engaging in negotiations requires patience, cooperation, careful listening, and mutual understanding

for maintaining peace, the willingness to negotiate and hammer out solutions is an innate trait in women.

As FICAC, we have obviously realized that women are not well represented in senior diplomatic positions.

Diplomats must be able to represent the whole of society without gender inequality.

If diplomacy is supposed to reflect all of society!


  • Why does gender hierarchy exist in diplomacy?
  • What are women currently doing in overcoming gender hierarchy?
  • How can management promote better representation of women in diplomacy?


As Phumzile Mlambo-Ngucka,

The Executive Director of UN Women once said during an interview; “We have to be making sure that we get the rest of the society to buy in.

Because it is not the women who must change, it is the society that must change.

When blaming women for not doing anything, the women are the ones who have tried the hardest and the society has not changed.”


The female political leaders such as Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May in the United Kingdom, Mrs.Vigdis Finnboga-dottir in Iceland, Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany, Madeleine Albright and Condoleezza Rice in the United State have gained more visibility in the political and diplomatic fields in particular through their professional achievements.


In time

Corazon C. Aquino of the Philippines,

Sheikh Hasina Wajed of Bangladesh,

Megawati Sukarnoputri of Indonesia,

Tsai Ing-wen of Republic of China

Chandrika Bandara-naike Kumaratunga of Sri Lanka Benazir Bhutto of Pakistan Bidhya Devi Bhandari of Nepal and many other women diplomats and leaders took places in Asia.


Albeit, The number of women serving in the diplomatic field increased over the past decade, but these changes were more common in the West than the rest of the world.


We have visual messages from Female diplomats and leaders who have highly difficult positions and good negotiating skills.

They answered the following questions which outlines the aim of our strategy;

-What does it mean to be a Diplomat?

-What are the challenges and advantages?

-How do you see the status of Women Diplomats in the next decade?


Thank you for your kind attention.


Gönül Eken

Chairperson of Women in Diplomacy Committee of FICAC