Being a British High Commissioner in India could be a quite hectic task, and requires immense experience in dealing with onerous situations. Well, a Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh based girl, Ayesha Khan, stepped in the shoes of this post and worked for the same for a day.
The British High Commission, India observes 11 October as International Day of Girl Child. The commission held a competition for girls from the age of 18 to 23 to give them a chance to be a “British High Commissioner” for a day. This year, the topic was ‘gender equality’ and candidates were supposed to make a minute long video and share it on any social media handles like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram under the hashtag #DayOfTheGirl.
The commission saw an overwhelming response from girls, the entries for the competition flooded from 14 states, reached the office of British High Commission. Ayesha Khan, a 22 year old girl from Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India won this competition and was deployed as the “British High Commissioner in India” for a day. A Delhi University alumunus, Ayesha’s responsibilities included overseeing UK’s overseas network, attending media interactions and stake holder meetings.
On October 4, she slipped in the shoes of the British High Commissioner for a day. She met the foreign policy experts, business leaders and civil society. Also, she visited Apeejay School in Pitampura, Delhi to promote gender equality with her programme named as “Changing Moves, Changing Minds”. Along with this, she had a discussion with the beneficiary of Facebook’s GOAL (Going Online As Leaders) Programme and interacted with women workers in the unorganized sectors and learnt how they are supported by SEWA.
“Leading daily briefings, interacting with stakeholders from UK and India, and experiencing the richness of multiculturalism has been a great experience. I believe education is powerful tool that can help achieve gender equality”, Ayesha said.
”I greatly enjoyed working for and with Ayesha for the day. She spoke articulately, and convincingly on the important issues”, Deputy High commissioner for the day, Sir Dominic Asquith said.
He further added, “I am delighted that we were able to once again celebrate this important occasion by demonstrating to young women from all walks of life that anything is possible, and by giving them the opportunity to realize their potential.”
This competition was initiated in the year 2012. Last year, Amity University student, Esha Bahal had won the competiton and performed the same duties as Ayesha.