Indian-American takes oath as Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues

Indian-American takes oath as Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues

By India New England News

New York– Indian-American Geeta Rao Gupta has been sworn-in as the Ambassador-at-Large for the Office of Global Women’s Issues in the US State Department, becoming the first woman of colour to hold the position.

Gupta, who was administered the oath of office by Vice-President Kamala Harris on Monday, was confirmed by 51 to 47 votes in the Senate for the position in May.

While announcing her appointment in May, the State Department had said it “looks forward to her efforts to promote women and girls’ rights through US foreign policy”.

During her confirmation hearing last year before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Gupta had said she was a proud US citizen and a first-generation immigrant, belonging to a family of professional women, each of whom dedicated their lives to serving their communities.

“If you look at the world today, the situation of women, if  you look at the gender inequality indicators, they show that the inequality has increased,” she had said.

According to Gupta, women are unable to participate fully in the economy as there are many inequalities and indignities holding them back.

Mumbai-born Gupta previously served as Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation and Senior Advisor to Co-impact, a global collaborative philanthropy for systems change.

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