European Women in Diplomacy Network
A network of UK Embassies in European capitals (Madrid, Paris, Rome, Warsaw, and Berlin), supported by FCO Special Envoy for Gender Equality Joanna Roper, launched a pilot initiative for mid-career women working in Foreign Ministries and UK Embassies in Europe in October 2018.
Only 33.2% of UK-based Senior Civil Service staff in the FCO are female. This year-long career development course for female diplomats (both UK-based and local staff) from six of the largest European Ministries of Foreign Affairs (MFAs) worked to reinforce the UK’s commitment to strong relationships with European partners, and to build on the momentum of the #Vote100/suffrage events held at overseas posts in 2018 by showcasing the UK as a leader on values.
The group ran a series of workshops in Madrid, Paris and Rome which gave 30 European female diplomats the opportunity to realise their full potential by:
- creating a new European network of women to share knowledge, global opportunities and experiences;
- giving the next generation of global leaders the tools and skills to succeed in their ambitious international careers; and
- discussing the future of European diplomacy together while positioning the UK as a Global Britain.
This European programme also allowed for participants to champion diversity and inclusion across the network of participating UK Embassies. During each workshop in Madrid, Paris and Rome participants organised high-level empowerment events open to colleagues and external stakeholders: ‘Breaking the glass ceiling’ in Madrid; ‘Women’s Voices on the World Stage’ in Paris; and ‘Dare to lead’ in Rome.
The Network continues to thrive and applications for the 2019-2020 cohort will open soon.