INSPIRING GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN TO CHOOSE A CAREER IN FOREIGN POLICY
Quratulain Fatima is one of the first women to have joined the Pakistan Air Force. Today, she is a Project Lead at the Agency for Barani Areas Development and a Gender and Conflict Prevention advocator.
Find out about the skills and knowledge required to work at USAID with Katherine Walsh, program officer for Pakistan. Interview by Lauren Chaplin.
Morgan McLain-McKinney encourages more women to consider a career at USAID. Here, she talks to Lucie Goulet about why communicating is the most important part of her job and setting up the very important Wikipedia page about African Americans in foreign policy.
Nirupama Menon Rao is a retired Indian diplomat, Foreign Secretary, and Ambassador. She joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1973. During her four-decade-long diplomatic career, she was India’s first woman spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs, the first woman High Commissioner from her country to Sri Lanka, and the first Indian woman Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. She served as India’s Foreign Secretary from 2009-2011. In 2011, she was appointed India’s Ambassador to the United States and served a two year term.
Irish Diplomat Kate Oliver spoke to Women in Foreign Policy about her decision to join the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and working as a diplomat in Vienna. She is currently on posting to the Irish Embassy in Vienna, Austria.
British diplomat Victoria Grove speaks about changing her career path after an accident stopped her from joining the army and pivoting from Accenture to the FCO Fast Track Stream.
US diplomat Menaka Nayyartalks about her career at the State Department, the challenges of having a family when you often change job and her upcoming fellowship.
Sarai Bareman’s early passion for football and experience in finance ultimately lead to a career working for football organisations at the national, regional and international level, culminating in her appointed as Chief Women’s Football Officer for FIFA in 2016.
Bunmi Akinnusotu is a first-generation American who spent countless hours listening to her Nigerian relatives argue about world politics. The idea of a world outside of America has always been part of her consciousness and is the motivation behind her podcast. “What in the World (WITW)?” makes global issues understandable and relevant to ordinary American people. Explained by expert women and people of color, they break down current and past foreign policy issues by connecting it to everyday life.
Zarina Khan shares her journey as an advocacy professional and the path that led her to working at ActionAid UK.
Head of Policy and Advocacy at Women for Women International, Carron Mann, shares her experiences working in advocacy, the non-linear path that led her there, and her advice for young women hoping to work in the field.
As a regional security and governance coordinator at the Danish Refugee Council (DRC), Natasha Leite focuses on dialogue between host communities and displacement affected people or supporting their participation in peace building and decision-making processes.