As part of the celebration of International Day of the Girl Child on October 11, the British High Commission has rolled out a competition for young Indian woman to become ‘High Commissioner for a Day’.

The High Commission has invited applications from Indian women aged 18-23 for the competition.

“I am delighted to announce the High Commissioner for a Day competition for the third year running to mark the International Day of the Girl Child,” Sir Dominic Asquith, High Commissioner to India, said in a statement.

“Improving the lives of girls and women is one of the UK’s top priorities globally. The competition is an important opportunity to talk about our world shapers and game changers, our future leaders – our young women,” Asquith added.

He further said that the UK and India are working together as a global Force for Good.

“We share with India the importance of promoting the cause of gender equality. We want to celebrate this day by demonstrating to young women that anything is possible, and by giving them a platform to talk about this important issue,” he said.

The winner of this pan-India initiative will have the unique opportunity to head a diplomatic mission for a day.

That include overseeing the UK’s largest overseas network, leading daily briefings, and getting involved in a wide range of work, including interacting with important stakeholders and the media.

To apply, record a one-minute video about why gender equality is important and who your biggest inspiration is on the issue.

The video must be shared on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram by tagging @UKinIndia and using the hashtag #DayoftheGirl.

The deadline to apply for the competition is September 10, 2019.

Last year, Esha Bahal of Amity University won the competition.

Sharing her experience, Esha said, “Acting as British High Commissioner for a day has been a great and really unique experience. I’ve learnt about the breadth and depth of UK-India relations – and had the opportunity to highlight the importance of gender equality and inclusivity, issues which are of great importance to me.”

A jury at the British High Commission will select the winner, who will be announced on UKinIndia social media channels by 20 September.

Only one entry per participant will be accepted. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.

By applying to the competition, participants transfer the copyright ownership of videos to the British High Commission, New Delhi.

BHC may use these videos to produce content for future communication on its social media channels.

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